Naran tourists to get 25pc Ra­mazan pack­age dis­count

TCKP starts on­line booking for 29 rest houses: MD

Pakistan Observer - - NA­TIONAL -

ISLAMABAD—Pres­i­dent Naran Val­ley Ho­tels As­so­ci­a­tion Matiul­lah Khan Tues­day said the or­gan­i­sa­tion had an­nounced 25 per­cent dis­count for tourists on ac­com­mo­da­tion and 20 per­cent on food items dur­ing the Holy month of Ra­mazan . Talk­ing to APP, he said “Ev­ery year we an-nounce a dis­count pack­age for the tourists in the holy month of Ra­mazan , and this time it has been de­cided to give 25 per­cent dis­count on ac­com­mo­da­tion and 20 per­cent on food items.”

To a ques­tion, he said a good num­ber of tourists are throng­ing the val­ley from dif­fer­ent parts of the coun­try to spend some days of Ra­mazan in the in the pleasent weather. To a ques­tion he asked the govern­ment to pro­vide elec­tric­ity to the tourists lov­ing place, adding “We are us­ing lo­cally gen­er­ated elec­tric­ity from tur­bine and wait­ing from the govern­ment side to pro­vide the elec­tric­ity in the area,” he added.

Pak­istan Tourism De­vel­op­ment Co­op­er­a­tion (PTDC) is also work­ing on Ra­mazan pack­age to give dis­count on ac­com­mo­da­tion in its mo­tels and ho­tels dur­ing the holy month of Ra­mazan. It is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity for tourists to spend their holy month of Ra­mazan at cool places on af­ford­able rates said a spokesman of the PTDC .

With an ob­jec­tive to in­tro­duce Pak­istani cul­ture and tourist at­trac­tions on in­ter­na­tional level and since 1970, PTDC has been work­ing hard to pro­mote beau­ti­ful pic­nic spots si­t­u­ated in far-flung ar­eas of Pak­istan, es­pe­cially where the pri­vate sec­tor is shy to in­vest. PTDC is cur­rently op­er­at­ing 13 Tourist In­for­ma­tion Cen­tres all over the coun­try to pro­vide in­for­ma­tion, travel guide, brochures and maps to tourists for plan­ning their hol­i­days, he added.

Peshawar: Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Tourism Cor­po­ra­tion Khy­ber Pak­thunkhwa (TCKP) has started on­line booking for 29 rest houses lo­cated at dif­fer­ent pic­turesque ar­eas of the prov­ince to pro­vide bet­ter ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties to do­mes­tic and for­eign tourists. Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor TCKP, Mush­taq Ahmed Khan told APP on Tues­day that On­line Booking for 29 rest houses has been started in the prov­ince while modal­i­ties for its on­line pay­ment were be­ing chalked out for tourists’ as­sis­tance.

The details of on­line booking and on­line pay­ment would be avail­able on web­site of TCKP, he said, adding tourists from across the coun­try would be al­lowed for on­line pay­ment and booking in the said rest houses that would make very pos­i­tive im­pact on tourism in­dus­try of the prov­ince.

The MD said 29 rest houses, which were ear­lier work­ing un­der C&W and Forests depart­ments, have been handed over to TCKP last year and has earned Rs6 mil­lion rev­enue only in July-Au­gust last year due to ef­fec­tive poli­cies and bet­ter man­age­ment.

The Govern­ment un­der a new ini­tia­tive of ‘Camp­ing Par­adise would setup spe­cial tourists huts for ac­com­mo­da­tion of tourists at Tandyani , Shahram Man­shera, Kom­rat Dir Up­per, Bish­gram Swat and Beer Man­glash Chi­tral to pro­vide ac­com­mo­da­tion fa­cil­i­ties to tourists be­sides gen­er­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cal pop­u­la­tion.

These tourists huts would be pro­tected by re­tired army per­son­nel whose re­cruit­ment process was be­ing started, he added. The MD said Tandyani, Shahram and Bish­gram huts would be op­er­a­tional by June 30 next. Mush­taq said about 30 such huts would start work­ing in next two years that would make KP a hub of tourism.

Five tourism projects would be launched in the prov­ince in­clud­ing ca­ble cars fa­cil­ity at Naran Man­shera, wa­ter parks/fish­ing spots and wa­ter sports at Hund Swabi over 400 kanals, con­struc­tion of five star ho­tel on 96 kanals at Changa Gali Ab­bot­tabad, Theme Parak at Nathia Gali Ab­bot­tabad with an es­ti­mated cost of Rs400 mil­lion, pro­mo­tion of fa­cil­i­ties at arche­o­log­i­cal and re­li­gious places/sites be­sides bol­ster­ing moun­tain-eering tourism in the prov­ince.

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