The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s (KP) tourism ministry is planning to provide grants to locals. The aim is to help locals in setting up their own guesthouses and restructure the tourism industry.
According to an official, in a meeting held at the Ministry of Tourism, Sports and Culture this issue was taken up.
The provincial government will offer financial assistance to the locals so that they can develop eco-tourism villages in Chitral and Hazara divisions, which will, in turn, promote sustainable tourism in Pakistan.
According to the official, in the first phase, the eco-tourism villages will be developed in three Kalash valleys of Chitral and Hazara Divisions.
The official said, “Later, the idea will be replicated in other areas of Chitral and Hazara Divisions including Nathia Gali, Naran, Kaghan, Thandiani, and Galiyat.”
In an answer to a question, he said that the tourism ministry will provide an application that will enable the locals to highlight features of their respective guest houses.
He said, “Locals will be allowed to develop their own travel packages in order to facilitate the tourists by providing food, accommodation and travel guidance. The number of tourists that visited Pakistan rose to 1.9 million last year. This has underlined the need for adopting an eco-tourism model in order to ensure the economic well-being of the locals engaged with the tourism sector.”