ISLAMABAD: Pakistan saw an increase in tourism due to an improved law and order situation in the country as 1.75 million tourists visited Pakistan in 2017.
According to APP, domestic travellers increased 30 per cent, according to Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC), while Jovago, the top hotel booking and e-commerce site in Pakistan claimed hotel bookings increased by 80-90 per cent in 2017. According to Jovago, over the past few years, Pakistan has seen a rapid increase in its tourism industry.
World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) puts the total contribution of tourism to Pakistan’s economy at $19.4 billion last year or 6.9 per cent of gross domestic product.
In a decade, the WTTC expects that to rise to $36.1 billion.
The government has been making efforts to promote tourism and make PTDC a financially viable organisation, said Managing Director PTDC Chuadhry Abdul Ghafoor while talking to APP.
Ghafoor said that PTDC and the University of Management and Technology (UMT) Lahore signed a MoU for the sponsorship of PTDC’s publicity material including banners, website, seminars and conferences.
Products and service of PTDC will also be promoted through social media.
PTDC has recently launched Pakistan Tourism Friends Club, in which members of the club will get exclusive 20pc discount on PTDC facilities.
Wiki Loves Monuments, 10 drop-dead gorgeous shots of Pakistan
Wiki Loves Monuments is a prestigious online photography competition organized by Wiki media. The aim of this competition is to promote cultural heritage sites across the world by allowing people to click their photographs and post in under free license so that they can be used by everyone freely. It is recognized by Guinness Book of World Record as the biggest photography competition.
The competition has been taking place every year since 2010. Pakistan became a part of the Wiki Loves Monuments in 2014. Since then, 1,500 people have submitted 260,000 photographs to Wikipedia.
Pakistan achieved the third spot amongst the 42 participating nations in the 2016 edition of the competition.
The top 10 pictures decided by Pakistan’s jury to represent Pakistan in Wiki Loves Monuments 2017 are:
Badshahi Mosque — Wasif
Frere Hall — Asim Iftikhar Nagi
Karachi Municipal Corporation Building — Ali Raza Khatri
Lahore Museum — Mariyam AftabLahore Museum — Mariyam Aftab
Tomb of Shah Rukn-e-Alam — Syed Bilal Javaid
Wazir Khan Mosque — Moiz Ismaili
Baltit Fort — Hammad Hassan Baloch
Buddhist ruins of Takht-i-Bahi — Hidayat-ur-Rehman
Derawar Fort — Fassi Farooq
Faisal Mosque — Azhar