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Pakistan Wants Tourists

President Zardari invites tourists to visit Pakistan

Sep 27, 2009

ISLAMABAD - President Asif Ali Zardari, in his message on World Tourism Day, invited tourists from across the globe to visit Pakistan in order to fully appreciate the diversity of the country’s tourism wealth, from the snow-peaked mountains in the north to sites of the ancient civilisations of years old, in the south.

"Let us reiterate our resolve to promote tourism in the country and share its benefits with world," Zardari said. The president termed the theme 'Tourism Sharing Diversity' an appropriate one, saying that promoting and sharing the bounties of tourism was a great tool for promoting ties between countries.

He said Pakistan’s full potential in tourism had as yet not been realised, adding that the growth of the tourism industry had been hampered by a number of factors including the recent worldwide recession and the threat of terrorism.

The president said events like the World Tourism Day offered an opportunity to give a serious thought to promoting tourism in the country.

Solemn vow: Separately, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani vowed to put Pakistan on the map as a major tourist destination.

The PM said developing the tourism sector was vital to creating linkages between nations and cultures.

"Sustainable tourism is essential for the preservation and enhancement of the cultural and natural heritage of our country," Gilani said.

He said the government would accord due attention to tourism and turn it into an industry that not only generated economic opportunities but also created harmonious relationships and showed the country in a good light.

President Zardari invites tourists to visit Pakistan
President Asif Ali Zardari / Image via


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