Tourists Prefer Govt Rest Houses On Eid


Tourists prefer govt rest houses on Eid

The rest houses witnessed 100 percent booking during the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays

Islamabad (Pakistan Point News – 8th June, 2019) The strategy of Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Seed worked as tourists preferred government rest houses over Eid.

The rest houses of Pakistan Post, opened by the government for general public across the country last month, have witnessed 100 percent booking during the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays due to affordable rates and improved facilities for tourists.

The strategy, the sources, adopted by Minister for Communications and Postal Services Murad Seed, which was in line with Prime Minister Imran Khan's vision to ensure better utilization of state buildings and promote tourism in the country, had worked as hundreds of thousands of rupees have been deposited in the national exchequer earned through the rented rest houses during the Eid days.

With this initiative, official expenditures on the government rest houses had come to an end as the facilities had started generating income.

A number of tourists had preferred to stay in government rest houses instead of hiring rooms in costly hotels. The citizens had widely hailed the initiative of opening rest houses by the Ministry of Postal Services.

Under the initiative, the citizens could stay at the rest houses along with their families at reasonable charges from Rs 1,200 to Rs 3,000 per day.

Meanwhile, the tourists staying in different rest houses appreciated the Ministry of Postal Services for opening its rests houses under the prime minister's vision to provide inexpensive residential facilities to the people to promote tourism.

On May 18, the Pakistan Post had announced to open its 41 rest houses, located at scenic locations, for domestic and foreign tourists at remarkably low prices.

The postal rest houses had been divided into three categories.

Rs 3,000 per day are charged under the category 'A' rest houses located in Karachi, Multan, Jhelum, Mianwali, Rawalpindi, Peshawar, Nathia Gali, Hyderabad, Sukkur, Shadman Lahore, Lahore Cantt, Sialkot General Post Office (GPO), Sialkot Cantt, Faislabad GPO and Quetta.

Similarly, the per day rent of category 'B' rest houses in Attock, Murree GPO, Gujrat, Sargodha, Layyah, Chitral, Abbottabad, Ayubia, Kohat, D I Khan, Mirpurkhas, Sorab, Amri, Taftan, Qallat, Muzzaffarbad, Mirpur, Kotli, Gilgit, Sust and Skardu is Rs 2,200.

Likewise, for rest houses in Pindi Point Murree, Saidu Sharif, Bannu, Ziarat and Sialkot Cantt, which fell in category 'C', per day rent of Rs 1,200 has been fixed.

Mahnoor Sheikh

The writer is News Editor, Pakistan Point. She has graduated in Mass Communication and has worked in various media houses