A Hidden Paradise
For countries like Afghanistan and Pakistan that have international
reputations for harboring terrorism, establishing tourism can be an enormous feat. What is most depressing is that such countries are also host to beautiful landscapes, mountain ranges, plateaus, unique tribes and rich cultures that could attract record tourists, if given the opportunity. Afghanistan’s mountainous terrain is one such example. The Second Ski Challenge drew in numerous foreign ski enthusiasts as well as locals who engaged in healthy competition and challenges. Such events bring funding and a positive image for the host country and Afghanistan needs that now more than ever. It is disappointing that such events cannot take place regularly and it is imperative that the country truly improve and establish its security mechanisms. This will not only benefit the common man but will also draw in tourism which can provide billions to the government. Being able to show off a country’s natural beauty is a gift and one that not all are endowed with. It is unfortunate, that beautiful places in Afghanistan will only be witnessed by a select few. It would certainly be beneficial if the Afghanistan and Pakistan governments made a concerted effort and pledged to improve their security because the impact of tourism could bring both countries much needed revenue.
Huda Taureez Kabul, Afghanistan