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‘Darshan’ for tourism

When we travel, we either discover America or succeed in finding ourselves. This is a lesson good enough for any country’s foreign policy, tourism policy and even economic policy. A…

Tourism for peace

Being the chairperson of the task force on Gandhara tourism formed by the prime minister of Pakistan, I have decided to celebrate the birth anniversary of Gautama Buddha today (May…

Tourism travails

I have had the privilege of living in an eclectic mix of cities over the years – Geneva, Istanbul, Dhaka and London to name a few. Due to my fond…

The downside of unplanned tourism

In the Dardic Belt (Torwali and Gawri) and Gujari areas of Swat, people did not have access to modernity and modernization some 50 or 60 years ago. The area was…

Religious tourism

For the first time in Canada’s national history, November is being celebrated as Hindu Heritage Month. The resolution, presented by Chandra Arya, a Hindu member of the Canadian parliament, to…

Promoting soft power through cultural tourism

Very recently, a strong 11-member Sri Lankan Buddhist delegation met PM Imran Khan and appreciated Pakistani efforts in preserving and renovating Gandhara civilization’s religious and architectural historical sites. Relatedly, the…

Hospitality and tourism in GB

Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) has become the hub of private investment in the hospitality industry with the growth in tourism in recent years. The thriving tourism is a boon as long as…

Talking tourism

Earlier this month, during his visit to the Sonmiani beach in Balochistan’s Lasbela district, Prime Minister Imran Khan proposed establishing a “splendid tourist resort” along the coastal belt of the…

Rethinking tourism

THE crowds jamming the roads in Swat and Naran Valley over Eid in July 2021 filled some people with dread and rage. I was one of those people, stranded at…

Tourism and physical spaces

Pakistan is often touted as an excellent potential tourist destination – and for good reason. In reality, however, the tourism industry in Pakistan is plagued by poor planning, infrastructural and…