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Pakistan to Host 2021 World Tourism Forum

After the extreme shocks of terrorism, the country is, at last, hoping to improve its tourism activities. Having said that, the 2021 World Tourism Forum will be hosted in Islamabad, Pakistan, permitting the country to promote its travel industry potential and natural magnificence. Following this discussion, Pakistan’s travel industry is projected to develop and prosper with opportunities.

This World Tourism forum will not only help to improve the country’s potential tourism but it will also provide potential business to the organizations associated with the travel and tourism industry, for instance, hotels, rental cars, and restaurants, etc.

What is the World Tourism Forum? 

The World Tourism Forum is an association situated in Istanbul, Turkey, committed to developing tourism across the world with its annual meetings. Previously booked for 2020, the 5-days event will now be organized in 2021, because of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

It is also said in a press conference that all tourist ministers of D-8 member states, including Turkey, will take part in the world tourism forum in Islamabad. Previously the event had been planned for 2020 but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the event was deferred until the next year. More than 1,000 foreign tourists and visitors will attend this 5-day event. 

Pakistan has a large potential for tourism and this 5-day event will help Pakistan tourism to be introduced to the whole world, especially the Muslim world. 

Faith tourism

Pakistan is located in an area that for quite a long time has been home to three significant world faiths – Hinduism, Buddhism, and Sikhism. 

South Asian Muslim State

The South Asian Muslim state has scores of respected pilgrimage sites – going back 5,000 years – for the followers of the three religions as well as from some ancient traditions, for example, the Aryan religion, Brahman religion, and antiquated Iranian and Greek religions. 

Northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region 

The northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region – once a poster child for suicide bombings and terrorism – is home to 70% of the destinations in the country consecrated to Sikhs and Buddhists. 

Punjab

Punjab, the country’s most populated area, and the southern Sindh territory also have a few sites connected to the three religions. People from all over the world come to visit their respected destinations. People of Pakistan facilitate these tourists by providing them rental car services, pick and drop services, restaurants, and hotels.

Islamabad

Once known as the core of the Gandhara civilization, Takhtbai or Takht-I-Bhai (throne of origins) – a small scenic town found somewhere in the range of 160 kilometers (99 miles) from Islamabad – is the most-visited site by the Buddhists, who rush to see an antiquated monastery going back to the 1st century. 

Northeastern Punjab 

Northeastern Punjab is home to five most significant tourist destinations for Sikhs. They incorporate the birthplace of Baba Guru Nanak, the originator of the Sikh religion who was born in 1469 in the Nankana Saheb area, and the Gurdwara (religious community) Punja Sahib in the town of Hasan Abdal, where the impression of Guru Nanak is believed to be engraved on a stone at the monastery. 

The two destinations are visited by a huge number of Sikhs annually from neighboring India, Europe, and America. 

Temples

The Katas Raj temple in the northeastern Chakwal region and Sadhu Bela temple in the southern Sukkur region are the two most-visited religious locations by Hindus from over the world.

Pakistan’s Plan of Action for Improving the Tourism Industry

From the snow-capped tops in the north and sparkling waters in the south, along with boundless opportunities to watch wildlife, sail in the great Indus river, and diving in the deep Arabian Sea, Pakistan’s travel industry and tourism segment have a lot to offer. 

The northern Gilgit-Baltistan locale houses the six mountains of the world’s second-tallest mountain range K2 and the largest reservoir of fresh water (5,000 large and small glaciers, and over 100 lakes). In addition to 300 types of wildlife, the endangered snow panther and the brown bear can also be found in the country’s amazing district. 

It is said that a 5-year plan of action has been prepared to boost the tourism industry of Pakistan. It is also said that tourism e-portal will be released by the end of the year 2020 to attract local and foreign tourists.

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