Depart of Tourism & Hospitality to be set up in educational institutions: PTDC

PESHAWAR, Pakistan: Department of Tourism and Hospitality will be set up in all leading universities of the country.

This was stated by the Managing Director, Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor Khan while addressing at a seminar held at Higher Education Commission (HEC) Peshawar on Thursday.

National Curriculum Revision Committee (NCRC) under the HEC was organized its Preliminary meeting of National Curriculum Revision Committee (NCRC) in the discipline of Tourism from November 15-17, 2016 at HEC Regional Centre in Peshawar.

The purpose of the meeting is to develop the curriculum of Tourism at undergraduate and graduate level, respectively. The major objectives of this meeting was to incorporate the subject of Tourism  in curriculum so as to enable the future generation to unearth the hidden treasure generally and about the tourism and natural bounties in particular with which Pakistan already in abundant under its lofty mountains and deserts and plain field.

Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor Khan was the guest of honour on the occasion.

He appreciated the efforts done by HEC to organize such event to create awareness among the youth and general public about the significance of tourism in the country.

The discipline of the tourism and hospitality was considered as a compulsory subject in all the Pakistani Institutions/Universities and the present Government is very keen to promote tourism in country and attaches highest importance with this Industry which has enormous cultural heritage with its natural untouched environment is truly tourist paradise that has an immense potential to be discovered.

MD PTDC informed the participants that PTDC plans to organize a National Tourism Conference by inviting the learned scholars /professors besides renowned Tour Operators and Travel Agents so as to get benefits from their expertise in the field of Tourism.

It was emphasized the need of having Teaching and Training Institute which may impart/disseminate necessary training to the students/ employees who are already affiliated with the Tourism and Hospitality Industry and working, somehow, with Small and Big (4-Stars) Hotels. The five renowned Universities have shown their interest to send their students of BS level in Tourism and Hospitality to PTDC on internship basis so as to bring change and to revolutionize tourism Industry.

Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor Khan, the Managing Director, PTDC has put forward recommendations for promotion/development of the discipline keeping in view the futuristic needs of the society.

The Managing Director, PTDC has offered its assistance and expertise to formulate and finalize the curriculum of the BS level Degree.

He thanked the HEC for incorporation of curriculum pertaining to Tourism and Hospitality in text books and for organizing a successful seminar in befitting manners and expressed the hope that the student will take interest in the field of Tourism which has vast opportunities of jobs throughout the country in both urban and rural areas.