Pakistan Tourism & Development Corporation (PTDC) Promoting Tourism by Initiating Sightseeing Buses
To promote tourism, Pakistan Tourism & Development Corporation (PTDC) launched the first ever sightseeing buses for Islamabad–Rawalpindi that will take its passengers on a tour of a number of exciting places in the capital and around! They were inaugurated on 10th January by the Governor of Punjab, Rafique Rajwana and PTDC Managing Director, Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor at Flashman’s Hotel. The event was attended by a large number of people which included students, government and tourism officials. Later on the students were taken on a tour of the National Monument and Faisal Mosque.
The big gleaming red sightseeing buses will definitely be a sight to see on the roads. There are currently 2 buses and 3 mini vans.
Places that the Sightseeing Buses will Take You!
The tours will start at 9 am and end at 3 pm and run 7 days a week. The starting point is Flashman’s hotel. Tours of the following places have been begun:
- Daman e Koh
- Faisal Mosque
- Fatima Jinnah Park
- Islamabad Zoo
- Lok Virsa
- Lake View Park (Birds Aviary)
- Pakistan Monument
In Rawalpindi you will be able to visit Ayub Park, and there will be a special trip to Taxila Museum only on the weekends.
How to Book a Sightseeing Bus Tour
The tickets are very economically priced. For students it is Rs. 500. For others it is Rs. 600, and this is inclusive of the entry fees of the places being visited.
You can get in touch with Flashman’s Hotel, PTDC Tourist information Center in F-6, Islamabad, or call 051-9272017.
Other Exciting Projects for Tourism by PTDC
PTDC has planned a number of projects for promotion of tourism. They are:
- A Tourism Channel ‘Discover Pakistan’- that would highlight the beautiful regions of the country.
- Tourism through Religion – As there are many holy places related to Buddhists, Hindus and Sikhs, foreign tourists would be encouraged to visit these places.
- Tourism Think Tank
- Tourism Police Force
- Air Safari in Islamabad
First Ever International Conference in Collaboration with UNTWO (United Nation World Tourism Organization)
PTDC is collaborating with UNTWO in organizing a conference that will be held from 29th to 31st January. It will be attended by representatives of the 156 member states of UNWTO and many other international as well as local officials and executives.
The objective is to review the current development of tourism in Pakistan, to seek ways of tapping into the country’s potential of becoming a top tourism destination as well as promotion of a favorable image to the world. PTDC is hopeful that UNWTO will extend its full support in all its endeavors.
Tourism on the Rise
So all credit goes to PTDC, which is trying its utmost to revive tourism in Pakistan. And it has been quite successful as well because the number of tourists that came to Pakistan tripled in 2016 as compared to 2013, where 1.75 million people visited and there was a 30% increase in local tourists rising to 38.3 million.