Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been requested to block Booking.com and other similar direct selling websites which are not registered with the legal authorities.
The concerns were raised by Habibullah Siddiqui, former vice Chairman Diplomatic Affairs Standing Committee of FPCCI and now appointed as Senior Vice Chairman Central Standing Committee of Tourism & Travel (2017) of FPCCI.
Having vast experience of the travel industry, Habibullah stated:
We are not business hungry but ‘booking.com’ & other similar websites & applications are poisoning our travel & tourism industry.
From dawn to dusk our industry personals are facing troubles caused by the firms who do not bear any stake in Pakistan & hitting our industry so bad that is what I see as a root cause for the declining of travel industry of Pakistan.
They are very big international players so if they want to get business from Pakistan they should register themselves with the revenue and taxation departments like FBR, SECP not less then a stock exchange enlisted company.
He presented his proposal to block the websites in question, which are posing a problem for Travel & Tourism Service Provider and also intervening with the fiscal policies of the Government of Pakistan to an extent.
Moreover, he requested Finance Minister and PM of Pakistan to pay attention to the matter.