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November 08, 2023 (MLN): Pakistan attracted $16 billion in visitor spending in 2022 which is projected to touch $30bn in 2033, the World Bank stated.

The travel and tourism sector’s total contribution to Pakistan’s GDP was 5.9% in 2022 and 4.2 million jobs, the global lender said on its website.

This is sub-optimal considering the diverse tourist sites located across the country.

Pakistan experienced an unprecedented surge in domestic tourism immediately after the COVID-19-induced travel restrictions were lifted.

For instance, in 2021 and 2022, over 1.2m domestic and international tourists visited the country’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province alone.

To manage this increasing all-season footfall of visitors while harnessing its understated economic potential, the local authorities, communities, and private sector require resources, equipment and training without losing focus on green and inclusive tourism.

‘Travel Responsibly to Experience Eco-Tourism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’ (TREK), an initiative, which is a partnership between the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, the World Bank (WB), and Nestlé Pakistan, has helped the development of tourism infrastructure in the country.

TREK aligns with the ongoing efforts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Integrated Tourism Development Project (KITE), which focuses on heritage preservation and the development of tourism infrastructure.

TREK complements the ongoing activities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Integrated Tourism Development Project (KITE) project for heritage preservation and tourism infrastructure development.

Since 2020, it has completed awareness campaigns for tourists, and training of local communities and hospitality businesses on waste management.

TREK has trained over 650 participants from more than 150 hotels and restaurants in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s tourist areas.

The beneficiaries also included local communities, local authorities, and academia of Peshawar, Nathiagali, Abbottabad, Swat, Naran, and Chitral districts.

These trainings concentrated on solid waste minimization, segregation, management, and recycling techniques.

Public service messages on responsible tourism were also launched through social media and radio campaigns in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the cities of Islamabad and Lahore.

Most country’s domestic tourists are concentrated in these geographies and were thus able to receive communication on tourist helplines on the importance of keeping the sites litter-free.

10,000 reusable bags were distributed to tourists and the hotel association in tourist hotspots aiming to encourage their use and minimize littering.

In parallel, the IDA-financed KITE project provided waste bins, garbage collection, and compacting machinery to the local authorities in Nathiagali, Naran, Chitral, and Kumrat districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and a few locations in Punjab province.

Moreover, it installed 50 tourist information signboards to complement the awareness campaigns.

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Posted on: 2023-11-08T13:05:15+05:00