Pakistan launches new airline to boost tourism

ISLAMABAD: A new private airline is set to be launched in Pakistan to promote tourism in the country. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) issued TPRI (Tourism Promotion and Regional Integration) license to a private airline named North Air. The new

Govt to develop first-ever tourist map to promote tourism: PM

JHELUM: Prime Minister Imran Khan said the government would develop the first-ever “tourist map” to attract local and foreign tourists as the country had enormous potential with diversity of mountains, coastlines, historic and cultural sites as well as religious places.

Govt plans to build modern train structure from Islamabad to Murree: Fawad

ISLAMABAD: The government is planning to construct a new generation train structure from Islamabad to Murree in a bid to boost the tourism sector in the country. This was stated by Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry. He

Coronavirus pandemic cost global tourism $1.3 trillion in 2020: UN

MADRID: The coronavirus crisis cost the global tourism sector $1.3 trillion in lost revenue in 2020 as the number of people travelling plunged, the UN said, calling it “the worst year in tourism history”. The World Tourism Organization said the

Pakistan’s soft image can only be portrayed through tourism: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan says Pakistan’s soft image can only be portrayed through the promotion of tourism, which would not only generate revenue but also provide employment opportunities. Presiding over a meeting of the National Coordination Committee on Tourism

In pictures: Pakistan reopens tourism

Pakistan has reopened tourism nationwide as the country witnessed a decline in the number of coronavirus cases. Tourism was shut down for over five months amid the pandemic but the federal government has finally given a green signal to reopen

Tourist spots to remain closed during Eid holidays: Bukhari

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Human Resource Development Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari announced that all tourist spots would remain closed during Eid-ul-Azha holidays. Speaking to a delegation of Hotels, Guest Houses and Tourism Association, he

Reforming tourism sector

World Tourism and Travel Council (2018) denoted that Pakistan’s tourism industry has the potential to reach $39.8 billion in a decade. The present government has already vowed to promote Pakistan as ‘Asia’s Best Kept Secret’ in the global tourism market.

Govt restructuring PTDC, not shutting it down: Bukhari

ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis Zulfiqar Bukhari has said the government is restructuring the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) and not shutting it down. “We‘re making changes in PTDC as a step towards restructuring it

Living with a virus

Prime Minister Imran Khan has once again said the coronavirus is here to stay and without any chances of a vaccine or effective treatment expected this year, we will have to live with the virus. This comes with a stark

Travel advisory eased

The United Kingdom has relaxed its travel advisory to Pakistan paving the way for international tourism to the country. The British government has stated that  the security situation in Pakistan has improved considerably following actions by the government and security

UAE unveils first multi-entry five-year tourist visas

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates has unveiled the first multi-entry five-year tourist visa in order to boost the tourism industry. The UAE cabinet, in its first meeting of the year on Monday chaired by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the prime

Pakistan tourism video to appear on London’s New Year Day Parade

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan High Commission in the United Kingdom will be running a “Visit Pakistan” video message on London’s New Year’s Day Parade (LNYDP) 2020. The specially-produced video with the national anthem tune played in the background contains Prime Minister

Pakistan hospitable country for tourism, says President Alvi

ISLAMABAD: President of Pakistan Dr. Arif Alvi on Monday has said that Pakistan is a beautiful country for tourism and it has the most hospitable people. President Arif Alvi on Monday said that Pakistan is a beautiful place on earth,

State’s responsibility to ensure no one goes hungry: PM

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday said the government is making efforts to ensure surplus availability of daily use commodities. Chairing the meeting regarding price control and availability of daily use items, the prime minister’s said it is the

Turkey to establish tourism & hospitality centre in Islamabad

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan and Turkey have agreed to establish a Centre of Excellence in Tourism & Hospitality Management in Islamabad. The project was given final shape during a meeting between Shafqat Mahmood, Federal Minister for Education, Professional Training & National Heritage

Tourism in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia is easing up restrictions on women even further as it seeks a push for tourism with a new visa policy. In the latest move, the Kingdom has allowed women to rent hotel rooms without a male guardian present,

Saudi Arabia allows foreign unmarried couples to share hotel rooms

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia is allowing foreign men and women to rent hotel rooms together without proving they are related, as it launches a new visa scheme to attract tourists and holidaymakers. Women, including Saudis, are also permitted to rent hotel

Saudi Arabia implements public decency code as it opens to tourists

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia said on Saturday it would issue fines for 19 offences related to public decency, such as immodest dress and public displays of affection, as the kingdom opens up to foreign tourists. The Interior Ministry decision accompanies the