Waste collection equipment to be deployed at heritage sites

LAHORE: To promote green and well-maintained tourist sites in Punjab, the tourism department will deploy waste collection equipment including dumpsters at 25 heritage sites.

The Punjab Tourism for Economic Growth Project (PTEGP) handed over the machines to the Department of Tourism during an International Conference and Exhibition (ICE) 2022 in Lahore. This was preceded by a session on “ecotourism in Pakistan”, supported by the PTEGP in collaboration with the WB. Tourism Department Secretary Asadullah Faiz, addressing the conference, said: “Like other economies around the world, the COVID-19 crisis has provided an opportunity to review site planning and development while protecting nature and creating green jobs.

He said that Punjab has also introduced eco-tourism projects which include development of green accommodation facilities in Soon Valley, Khabeki and Uchali lakes, Khushab, Parkway project in Koh-e-Suleman, Kotli Sattian and Chakwal. Eight campsites are also being developed at Changa Manga, Kenhati Garden, Khabeki Lake, Dhanoi, Dhaarabi Dam, Khajot Murree and Patriata. The installation of igloos in Bansra Gali will also contribute to diversified and green tourism offers. Waqas Malik, Project Manager, PTEGP also shared his insight and said, “To harness the potential of ecotourism, PTEGP will initiate the Destination Investment and Management Plans (DIMPs) for tourism destinations in Chakwal, Jhelum, Rawalpindi and Bahawalpur Districts. The DIMPs of the aforementioned sites will not only provide detailed recommendations to improve visitor management, heritage protection and environmental preservation, but will also include action plans to combat over-tourism and transform the experience. visitors. Speaking in more detail about the World Bank’s initiatives, Kiran Afzal, Senior Private Sector Specialist at the World Bank, said, “The World Bank supports resilient and inclusive destinations that require responsible tourism practices. The focus is on helping the travel and tourism industry adapt to the changing needs of visitors who are increasingly seeking outdoor adventures and personalized tours of heritage sites. Most tourist segments are willing to pay for better hospitality standards and want to minimize both the burden on natural resources and the disruption to local communities”. To promote sustainable tourism in Punjab, the Department of Tourism, PTEGP and WB are working hand in hand to make heritage and historic sites in Punjab greener and cleaner.

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