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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pakistan Tourism Convention 1987. (1987-7)


The idea of organising Tourism Convention in Pakistan was originally conceived in 1981, when it was felt that one of the best methods of promoting tourism on scientific lines was to develop support with foreign tour operators and travel agents. A convention was considered an ideal forum to get together the most knowledgeable people in the tourism sector for frank and candid discussions.
Based on the recommendations of the four conventions held at Rawalpindi, Lahore, Peshawar and Karachi, a number of measures have been taken to increase flow of tourists to Pakistan. The opening of Karakoram Highway, simplification of Mountaineering and Trekking procedures, incentives for Pakistani Mountaineering and Trekking, encouragement for youngsters are some of the steps already taken by the Government in implementation of the recommendations of the convention.
It is also gratifying to know that the tourist arrivals in 1981 were 290.2 thousand with foreign exchange earning at U.S. $ 128.2 million. Over the years there has been a continuous increase. In 1985 tourist arrivals stood at 440.5 thousand and earning at U.S. $ 186.0 million, an increase of 51.8 and 45.3 percent respectively. The aggregate arrivals in the last 5 years have been 1.8 million tourists and foreign exchange earning of U.S. $ 880.7 million.
As is well known, Pakistan is a most fascinating country and has a great deal to offer to a traveler. The northern parts of Pakistan include places like Gilgit, Hunza, Chitral, Swat, Kaghan and Peshawar. While the historic cities of Lahore and Multan have a charm of their own, in the south Harappa and Moenjodaro present a breath-taking spectacle of what man had achieved in terms of civilisation even several thousand years ago.
The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation welcomes the delegates to Tourism Convention, 1987.
Contributed by Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation
To commemorate the Pakistan Tourism Convention, Pakistan Post Office is issuing a set of four stamps of Rs. 1.50 denomination each on October 1, 1987.