Northern regions are witnessing improved tourism activities
ISLAMABAD – Gilgit-Baltistan Tourism Secretary Raja Rasheed Ali said on Friday that domestic tourism was increasing in the country as millions of local visitors visited the scenic areas in the north.
He made these remarks while participating in a round table organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) -Pakistan, aiming to highlight the biodiversity of the region of Hindu-Kush, Karakoram and the Himalayas and the impacts climate change and human activities.
He said the Gilgit-Baltistan government focused on improving people’s livelihoods, making the land cultivable and using technology to streamline tourism by dividing and diversifying the concentration of tourists in certain areas.
He said more than 1.5 million domestic tourists visited Gilgit-Baltistan during the summer season, up 30% from the previous year’s figures.
Rasheed Ali expressed the hope that more tourists will visit the northern regions until the end of the year.
Experts highlighted public engagement in policy making around sustainable tourism, capacity building of local communities, sustainable mountain architecture and the need for cross-border collaboration for sustainable tourism.
Haider Raza, Gilgit-Baltistan Regional Director, WWF-Pakistan said “Tourism has increased dramatically in the UK region.