Pakistan has huge potential in the tourism sector with many attractive tourist destinations. There is a huge untapped potential in Pakistan as the government has not been able to develop a 1,040-kilometer long coastal area from Sindh toward Balochistan for last many decades.
It is essential that federal, Sindh and Balochistan governments work on a Maritime Tourism policy. It must be considered an essential element of the Blue Economy. With the increasing amount of unemployed youth in Pakistan, it is important that tourism opportunities are grabbed.
“Potential of Maritime Tourism Development in Pakistan” conference was held by the National Institute of Maritime Affairs(NIMA). The President Sustainable Tourism Foundation Pakistan Aftab ur Rehman Rana is basically a natural resource-based industry and it has an impact on the air, land, and water.
If the planning, development, and operation are not done properly it can damage the natural systems. Thus he said it is important that the tourist facilities are designed with quality and utility and build in local style. Environment-friendly technologies are encouraged.
During the presentation Ex-DG National Institute of Maritime Affairs Vice Admiral Asaf Humayun said that ocean and the maritime environment has now become the fastest growing areas of the global tourism industry.
The Maritime tourism is defined as those recreational activities that involve the sea’. He said that the Maritime sector development is essential to Pakistan’s future.