ISLAMABAD: Labor and Culture Minister Shaukat Yousafzai said on Tuesday that the government of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf planned to revive the virus-hit tourism sector soon as it was affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
Talking to a private news channel, the Government approved a number of protective measures in coordination with the Ministry of Tourism and Health and in line with the World Health Organization ‘s directions.
Yousafzai emphasized all the precautionary steps to be taken that had been addressed during the meeting about the said matter.
Last year, he said, about 2 million tourists had descended to Malakand and Mansehra tourist spots. He further stated that tourism is a huge industry that rakes in government revenue in millions of rupees.
He stressed the importance of the tourism and hospitality sector in providing job opportunities and as the country’s main source of income. He said the country is keen to alleviate the negative impact of coronavirus on the tourism industry and its staff.
Shaukat Yousafzai said 80 percent of the province’s total industries have reopened, emphasizing that the only way to keep the deadly virus at bay is to take preventive action.
Premier Imran Khan announced the reopening of the tourism industry a day earlier in order to generate revenue and provide more job opportunities.