Islamabad: The northern areas of the country attract over 30,000 to 40,000 local tourists after rise in mercury in different parts of the country. The Dispatch News Desk reported.
Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation’s (PTDC) Publicity and Promotion Manager Tayyab Mir said, “Normally the tourism season remains at peak till the end of August, while this year, the season will not witness a peak due to the holy month of Ramazan.” “Around 10,000 tourists enter Murree, Ayubia and Galiaat on week-days while the number multiplies on weekends,” he said.
Mir said, “The same number of tourists is witnessed at Kaghan Valley, as those tourists who want to explore picturesque landscapes such as lakes, rivers, greenery and other heavenly glimpses prefer to visit Naran and other popular spots of Kaghan Valley.” “Tourists throng these popular spots with the start of summer vacations,” he added.
Mir also said the people of twin cities consider Murree as the most accessible tourist spot which is the basic reason for increase in number of tourists on weekends. He said, “The season is ideal for tourism as the nature lovers spend their time in hilly areas and admire the ideal climate, clean air, varied topography, beautiful scenery, local traditions and simple life styles.”
“The weekends before Ramazan have witnessed a huge increase in the number of visitors to Kaghan Valley which is creating accommodation crisis, as the PTDC motels and local hotels were not expecting it.
The PTDC motels and the local hotels are now offering accommodation at discounted rates during Ramazan to maintain their revenues in July and August.