LAHORE : Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar on Friday inaugurated first phase of Punjab Tourism for Economic Growth Project worth Rs 830 million in collaboration with the World Bank to promote tourism sites.
Addressing the ceremony here, the Chief Minister said that the government would make the province hub of tourism as per vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. Punjab, the land of five rivers had huge potential in tourism however, there was a need to explore them, he added.
He said that in the near future, the project will implement more tourism promotion plans.
The Chief Minister said that in the first phase, work will be carried out in the Chakwal, Mianwali and Kusab areas, and in the next phase, the tourist attractions in Kotri Satan will be accessible through a better road network.
He said that religious and cultural tourism has great potential in the provinces of Jhelum, Lahore, Multan, Bahawalpur, Attok and other provinces, and the government will vigorously promote these attractions.
Usman Buzdar said that the government would also extend cooperation to Public Private Partnership mode of work to carry out development work at tourism spots in the province.
He added that private investors will also be encouraged to make potential investments in the field.
As many as 176 rest houses were opened for the general public for the first time and the booking process for these rest houses were made online for the convenience of the public.
He said that double-decker buses initiative for sightseeing was previously available in Lahore only, now it has been extended to Rawalpindi as well, whereas it would be further expanded to other cities soon.
Availability of sufficient funds for the tourism development department was ensured so that it could work for the tourism promotion without any hurdle.
Usman Buzdar maintained that along with tourism, steps were taken for the promotion of cultural activities as well to highlight soft image of the province.