Pakistan, officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, is the 6th most populous country in the world.
Islamabad is the country’s capital and Karachi is its largest city.
It is a country in South Asia and has 4 provinces (Balochistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab, and Sindh).
Its four bordering countries are India, Afghanistan, Iran, and China.
The Pakistani rupee (PKR) is its official currency.
World Tourism and Travel Council (2018) predicts that Pakistan’s tourism industry has great potential to grow around US$ 39.8 billion within a decade. The present government has already vowed in its election campaign that it would promote Pakistan as “Asia’s Best Kept Secret” in global tourism market.
The government is confident that tourism would be contributing Rs.1 trillion to Pakistan economy by 2025. According to World Economic Forum, direct contribution of tourism industry in Pakistan for year of 2015 was PKR 328 million constituting to 2.8% of total GDP.
According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, direct contribution of travel and tourism to Pakistan’s GDP in 2016 was US$7.6 billion (PKR 793 billion), constituting 2.7% of total GDP. In 2013, 565,212 tourists visited Pakistan contributing only $298 million, which has risen to over 1.9 million tourists in 2018.
By comparison, Pakistan’s domestic tourism industry is estimated at 50 million tourists who travel in the country on short trips usually between May to August.
The largest tourism inflow of tourists is from the United Kingdom, followed by United States, India and China. The government is making continuous efforts to promote tourism in Pakistan and they predict that by the year 2025, tourism will contribute PKR1 trillion to Pakistan’s economy.
Pakistan is a country blessed with many natural resources. This makes it an attractive destination for local and international tourists.
The tourist attractions include natural beauty, rich historical heritage, delicious cuisine, archaeological sites, religious places of historical importance, beach attractions, mountain expeditions and gala desert events.
Pakistan has come a long way in expanding its tourist opportunities.
The country has introduced a visa-friendly policy.
Recently, the government established electronic visa facilities for 175 countries. By availing themselves of this, people can apply for visas in their homes.
Pakistan is home to half a dozen of the world’s highest mountain peaks.
Karakoram, the second-highest mountain peak in the world, is in northern Pakistan, forming part of Himalayas mountain range.
Hundreds of mountaineers flock to Pakistan every year to fulfil their passion and test their skills.
Pakistan is blessed with such geography and topography that it has four seasons. Moreover, at one point, one can experience sizzling heat during summer in the south and snowfall at its northern mountain peaks, simultaneously.
The country offers a broad range of tourist opportunities and entertainment.
Pakistan is blessed with renowned ancient civilisations: Indus and Gandhara civilisations dating back to 5000 to 6000 years.