ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: More than one million domestic as well as foreign tourists visited Northern Areas during the current season to enjoy adventure tourism.
The ratio of tourists increased by 25 percent as compared to last year due to the measures taken by the government for improved law and order situation in those areas,” said Mukhtar Ali, Manager Policy and Promotion of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC).
He said that Pakistan had a great potential for adventure toursism, adding that the country had the world highest mountains in knot of four great mountain ranges, the Hindu Kush, Pamir, Karakoram and the Himalayas.
He said that the country had the distinction of having five peaks above 8,000 meters each including the second loftiest mountain of K-2.
He said that the country also had the largest glaciers on the globe outside the polar region, adding that these mountains and glaciers offered a tremendous attraction for adventurers.
Mukhtar Ali said that in current season, number of domestic as well as increased, adding that PTDC was planning to further streamline facilities for tourists in various destinations.
He said that PTDC was in consultations with provinces for devising joint strategy for improving tourism sector.
He said that about one million tourists visited the northern areas during this summer season.
He said it was a good omen that the people were visiting tourists points with sense of security especially Naran, Ayubia, Swat, Gilgit and Skardu.
Replying to a question, he said PTDC had a chain of 39 motels and three restaurants, which were providing best facilities to the tourists.
He said, “We are providing international level boarding and lodging facilities to the visitors.”