KP’s Culture and Tourism Authority will open 8 new tourist zones to promote tourism in the northern province. Reports suggest the sites were approved by KP Chief Minister (CM) Mahmood Khan.
Sources close to KP’s Chief Minister have stated that the preliminary survey of the mandated tourist sites has also been completed.
The KP Integrated Tourism Development (KITE) project has been given charge for the development in a joint effort with the World Bank. The chosen locations, termed Eco-Friendly Tourism Zones, include the beautiful Kalash Valley in lower Chitral, Shahi and Nin Shahi in lower Dir, Jarogudra in Swat, Marggoz Dak Sar in Buner, Elm and Mahabanrr in Buner, and Sereen and Munawar Valley in Mansehra.
The Manager Director for KP Culture and Tourism Authority (KP-CTA), Kamran Afridi, reportedly stated that besides boosting tourism in general, the government opted to balance out the recurring load on frequently visited tourist destinations. ‘The zone will also provide employment opportunities to locals,’ he further stated.
Afridi later revealed that international level consultancy firms will present complete reports on selected zones by June-21. The government will advertise tourism projects from there on out.
According to reports, the new tourist zones will be equipped with a state-of-the-art communication system, rigorous investment plans, hotels, rest houses, a primitive golf course, some chairlifts, and parks.
Before looping in the International Tourism Expo to attract foreign tourists and investments, the tourist zones will be presented to the provincial government after the master plans are finalized.
Each tourist zone will provide new opportunities for locals, and boost the fledgling employment rate.