Pakistan is culturally and biologically stunning and is every tourist’s paradise. The country is full of spectacular scenery. From the snow-capped peaks and glacial lakes to calm valleys and scenic coasts, ancient sites of civilization and Mughal monuments.
Pakistan’s tourism industry has been continuously struggling in the past many years after the transfer of tourism to the provinces. It ranges from developing a regional tourism strategy to inadequate facilities to attract domestic and international tourists.
Government of Pakistan declared 2020 as the Year of Tourism but in wake of global pandemic, COVID-19, this industry again had a major setback at the start of the year.
It was estimated earlier that Pakistan Tourism Industry would be able to earn 1.5 billion US dollars but the situation says otherwise. Tourism had stopped in the mid of March, because of the rapid spread of virus.
In response to this pandemic, all tourist destinations had put travel restrictions into place. Tourism as well as hotels and transport industry have been affected badly.
This has been a difficult time for everyone and since then, travelers are anxiously waiting to hit the road once again. They have been continuously consoling themselves by saying that “if we stay home today, we can travel tomorrow.”
Now that much time has passed and lockdown is about to end, many countries are getting closer to resume tourism activities. Rumors are that the Pakistan’s tourism industry also feels that the time has come to revive the tourism that had stopped because of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The government has formed Tourism Recovery Committee and has developed an action plan. The government has also drafted certain SOPs and looking for the necessary measures to boost tourism from the mid of June 2020. If the stakeholders ensure following the SOPs, the international tourists will also be welcomed. However, there is no confirmation yet.