THE killing of a mountaineers’ group on the Nanga Parbat base camp triggered a countrywide debate on tourism business in Pakistan mostly attributed to terrorism and the poor security situation.

Terrorism is a poison to all types of business, including tourism.

However, the fact is that our tourism business has been on the decline for quite some time and, in fact, it never grew the way it did in the rest of the world.

Pakistan has places ranking in the best of the world not only in the north but also in Lahore, Moenjodaro, Thatta, along coastal line and many more.

The tourism ministry should confine itself to policymaking and regulations, while entire tourism must be handed over to the private sector.

Tourism should be declared an industry, and the private sector should be given all incentives.

The Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation should also be sold to the private sector.

Its motels are nothing but official rest-houses, lacking a commercial touch.

The security of tourists should be managed by private agencies with the help of the police and army.

FAROOQ ALI Karachi

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mohammad
July 18, 2013 11:04 am

we need to deweaponise the civil society . also ensure a secure situation to tourists. we will earn billions from this industry.also our people will enjoy.

Omar
July 18, 2013 1:54 pm

All about should have,could have ,would have. Never do i hear something which we as a nation rectified or made better. I have NO HOPE.

baqar hasnain
July 18, 2013 5:00 pm

I agree. Let's raise our glasses. Let's do it. As for private investors, as Pink Floyd would say, "is there anybody out there?"

William Blakers
July 18, 2013 5:17 pm

This writer has missed the main problem which is safety. No one wants to go to a country where they feel exceptionally unsafe. I travelled in Pakistan from Australia two years ago and the constant sight of Rangers and army men on the streets of Karachi makes you worried for your safety. When going to Gwardar I was stopped on numerous occasions at army checkpoints by soldiers who demanded to know who I was and why did I want to go there. At Muree hills there was graffitti everywhere saying death to America, death to Westerners. Pakistan is beautiful and full of lovely people, but those lovely people have not done enough to stand up against the nut cases that are destroying the country.

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