BEIJING: Pakistan has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on tourism with
Chinese tourism associations and forged partnership with travel agencies to promote tourism in Pakistan.
"We are to launch a Chinese-language website called Discover Batie (also known as Discover Pakistan) to popularise Pakistan's rich repertoire of culture and tourism resources across China," Pakistan Ambassador to China, Moin ul Haque said.
Pakistan boasts a wide range of landmass including valleys and mountains and rich culture and cilivilization, and that Pakistan as Chinas is receptive to Chinese tourists and can be an attractive destination to global tourists as the country has put in place relevant tourist organisations and committees, favourable policies, visa facilitation, and tourism development and rehabilitation.
He made these remarks at the 2021 World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) Fragrant Hills Tourism Summit and World Conference on Tourism Cooperation and Development held on Friday in Beijing.
Tourism contributes between 6-7 percent of GDP in Pakistan and provides a little about two million jobs, according to a 2020 report by the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI).
However, the Covid-19 pandemic has dealt a heavy blow to the tourism sector in Pakistan and the rest of the world, according to China Economic Net (CEN).
Offering advice on tourism revival, Ambassador Haque pointed out that the tourism sector should provide safe, responsible, and attractive tourism by rethinking tourism products and services as new tourism patterns occur.
He said that countries can also seek to develop smart tourism, using new technologies to develop virtual or digital tourism resources.
It is learned that Ambassador Haque has formed a task force in the Embassy of Pakistan in Beijing to rev up Pakistan''s tourism sector.
To this end, the Embassy has been producing a series of Discover Batie videos to introduce every aspect of Pakistan to the Chinese people and to lure more Chinese tourists to Pakistan after the pandemic.
"I want to emphasise that the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) has established a close partnership with WTCF and UNWTO.
I propose the possibility of preparing a programme of trilateral cooperation between our organisation for the development of tourism in the context of the pandemic," noted Vladimir Norov, Secretary-General of SCO.
Sponsored by the World Tourism Cities Federation (WTCF) and the Beijing Municipal Government and organised by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Culture and Tourism, the Summit focuses on the revival of the world tourism sector through city cooperation, smart transformation, model innovation and development trends from a global perspective.
The Summit was also attended by Pansy Ho, Vice Chairman and Secretary-General of Global Tourism Economy Forum (GTEF), Tojiddin Jurazoda, Chairman of the Committee for Tourism and Development of Tajikistan, David Andre, Mayor of Victoria, Eijiro Yamakita, President and CEO of JTB Corporation, and ambassadors from the Republic of Columbia, Jordan, Kenya, Mozambique, the UAE, Zimbabwe, and Spain, and renowned tourist associations.