Islamabad: Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Managing Director Ch. Abdul Ghafoor Khan met Gilgit Baltistan (GB) Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman where he stated that pre-fabricated structure rooms will be installed and modern facilities will be introduced in PTDC motels located in GB whereas Ski Resort will be set up at Naltar for which GB government has already allotted space of 30 kanal to PTDC.
We have also planned to build a 5-star hotel along the river in Gilgit for which, we would require land from GB government. He added that the Prime Minister’s vision for development of Pakistan as modern and prosperous country resulted into launch of CPEC project which is starting from GB. CPEC is the future of Pakistan which will create millions of jobs not only for the country but also for the region by playing a pivotal role in launching these billions of dollars economic activities for Pakistan. In past GB was neglected but the present government is committed to develop it into an International Hub for business and tourism setting an example for rest of the world. An agreement on tourism cooperation has already been signed between PTDC and NATCO and both the organising will further enhance their relations to strengthen the country. Keeping in view the tourist flow this year, it is not difficult to predict that soon GB will be a hub of domestic and international tourists.
GB Chief Minister Hafiz Hafeez-ur-Rehman said that after construction of Karakarum Highway the efforts of PTDC to promote and develop tourism in the area are commendable. GB tourism directorate participates in ITB Berlin tourism fair every year. He recommended that PTDC to make efforts for participation in the major tourism exhibitions of the world including ITB Fair to represent from the federal level. He expressed hope that PTDC will continue its role for promotion and development of tourism in the country.