Tourism has become an important sector that has an impact on the development of the country’s economy. The main benefits of tourism are income creation and generation of jobs. For many regions and countries, it is the most important source of welfare.
The ability of the national economy to benefit from tourism depends on the availability of investment to develop the necessary infrastructure and on its ability to supply the needs of tourists. It is one of the most rapidly growing industries in the world, which accounts for 10 percent of the global GDP.
“Out of the total tourists’ arrivals in the world estimated at 694 million per year but Pakistan receives only 0.5 million tourists annually, a very low figure.”
Out of global tourism income of $ 514 billion, the share of South Asia is $5.4 billion including Pakistan’s share of only $ 135 million i.e. 0.03 per cent of global and 2.5 per cent of South Asian share. Out of the total tourists’ arrivals in the world estimated at 694 million per year but Pakistan receives only 0.5 million tourists annually, a very low figure. Even among South Asian countries, the tourist arrival in Pakistan is very low.
Tourism comprises several service activities including transportation, communication, hospitality, catering, entertainment and advertising. It is on the quality of these services that the effectiveness of tourism promotion efforts depends.
“The reality is that Pakistan is not as bad as the perception of it.”
Pakistan has tremendous potential for tourism by virtue of its long rich history, cultural diversity, geo-strategic position and captivating landscapes. The tourism products offered by the country can be categorized into four types:
• Religious Tourism
• Archaeological and Historical Tourism
• Adventure Tourism
• Conventional Tourism