Pakistan to host World Tourism Forum 2021: Zulfi Bukhari

'Around 32 new three-star and five-star hotels will be constructed across Pakistan in the next two years'

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ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Overseas Pakistanis and Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Chairman Sayed Zulfikar Bukhari announced on Monday that World Tourism Forum 2021 will be held in Pakistan.

Confirming the development while talking to a private television channel, the PM’s aide said that over 1,000 foreign visitors will attend the five-day event to be held in 2021 in Pakistan.

“The World Tourism Forum will have three days for conference and two days for tourism,” he added.

The event had been scheduled for this year but was delayed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Bukhari further announced that over 32 new three-star and five-star hotels will be constructed across Pakistan in the next two years. He said that the government will renovate PTDC buildings and motels across the country in order to promote tourism.

The minister said that the government had closed down PTDC operations in a bid to restructure it.

“We are making changes in PTDC as a step towards restructuring it in accordance with global best practices,” he added.

On Sunday, Bukhari had said the government would be bringing reforms in the PTDC rather than closing it down.

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