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   April  30, 2015



KP Tourism Deptt operationalises PTDC hotels, other facilities

Chitral Times Report

PESHAWAR: The Sports, Tourism, Culture, Archaeology, Museums and Youth Affairs Department of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has started operationalising all the hotels, motels and other facilities of the defunct Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) to promote peace and tourism in the province.

“We have refurbished all the hotels, motels and other properties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa soon after taking over the administrative control from the PTDC,” stated Amjad Khan Afridi, the Advisor to Chief Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Sports, Tourism, Culture, Archaeology, Museums & Youth Affairs while chairing a meeting.

He said the tourism department had already deputed its own unit in these motels and other facilities and placement of bookings for the upcoming summer season had begun.

The advisor said the tourists and visitors at the tourist spots across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa would now avail maximum facilities at these hotels and motels.
Secretary Tourism Aftab Akbar Durrani said the department had launched a vigorous plan for making these facilities functional and turning them into income generating units.

He said the plan yielded positive results, which will attract more domestic and international tourists to the province.

There are total 21 PTDC properties in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Of them, four motels located at the scenic Kalam, Miandam, Naran and Balakot are owned by the provincial government, which have been leased out to the PTDC.
The KP government has time and again committed to taking the assets as well as the liabilities of the PTDC on pre-devolution basis, stated Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, the Managing Director Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

It may be mentioned that after the 18th Amendment, the Ministry of Tourism was devolved and the subject of tourism was transferred to the provinces. However, the PTDC and its subsidiaries were placed under the Inter-Provincial Coordination Division for transition management and later handing them over to the provinces.

The process of transferring the PTDC properties to KP was completed in September 2014.



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