ISLAMABAD: Shahzada Siraj Ulmulk has been included as member in the task force/working group on tourism created by the federal government with Prime Minister Imran Khan as its chairman. The task force held its first meeting here on Saturday.
Sources told ChitralToday that besides Shahzada Siraj, the adviser to the prime minister on climate change, ministers/secretaries tourism of all provinces, GB, and AJK, representatives of tour operators and Alpine Club etc., would be the members of the task force.
The task force has been formed by the PTI government to turn around the tourism industry by promoting local tourism and improving Pakistan’s image internationally and increase its direct contribution to the GDP.
Its terms of reference include identification of clear-cut roles of the federal, provincial and district governments and suggest coordination mechanism for boosting tourism. To suggest key performance indicators for organizations associated with the sector will also be the one of the responsibilities of the task force. It will formulate plans for training of youth in the tourism and hospitality sectors for generating economic opportunities/jobs as well as improving service delivery.
It will also suggest a plan for developing 20 new tourist destinations in five years – four annually. The task force will propose a plan to decide the fate of the PTDC properties across the country.