ISLAMABAD, (Pakistan Point News - APP - 4th August, 2016) : More than one million domestic as well as foriegn 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 has a great potential for adventure toursism, adding that the country has the world highest mountains in knot of four great mountain ranges, the Hindu Kush, Pamir, Karakoram and the Himalayas. He said that the country has 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 has the largest glaciers on the globe outside the polar region, adding that these mountains and glaciers offer a tremndous attraction for adventurers.
He said that in current season, number of domestic tourists as well as increased, adding that PTDC is planning to further streamline facilities for tourists in various distinations. Mukhtar Ahmed said that PTDC is in consulations 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 is a good sign that the people are visiting tourists points without security especially Naran, Ayubia, Swat, Gilgit and Skardu. Replying to a question, he said PTDC has a chain of 39 motels and three restaurants, which are providing best facilities to the tourists. He said,"We are providing international level boarding and lodging facilities to the visitors."