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.