Rawalpindi - Governor Punjab Muhammad Rafique Rajwana on Wednesday inaugurated the Islamabad City Tour Bus service during a ceremony held here at Fleshman Hotel.

The new bus service was launched by Pakistan Tourism and Development Corporation. The inaugural ceremony was attended by PML-N MNA Malik Abrar Ahmed, Managing Director PTDC Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor, Chairman Water and Sanitation Agency Zia Ullah Shah, MPA Tehsin Fawad, Dubai Tourism Department Director Dr Qaiser Rafique other officials of PTDC.

Addressing the ceremony, Governor Punjab Muhammad Rafique Rajwana said that the beautiful tourist spots and the scenic beauty of Pakistan are the best explanation of Surat Al-Rahman. He further said that terrorism in the country had damaged the image of Pakistan in the international community but with the promotion of tourism, the situation is gradually changing.

He appreciated the efforts of MD PTDC Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor in boosting tourism and termed the new bus service as a convenient means of touring the twin cities. The step will also encourage the younger generation to take interest in sightseeing and admire the natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. 

He said the incumbent government has launched a number of development projects in Rawalpindi to boost tourism. He added that MD PTDC has also played a vital role in improving the condition of hotels and motels being run under the corporation.

Speaking on the occasion, MNA Malik Abrar Ahmed said that according to British Backpackers Society Report, Pakistan has been ranked in the first 20 countries in year 2018 for tourism. “Thanks to Chaudhry Abdul Ghafoor’s vision, the tourism sector has experienced a major boost,” he said.

Dubai Tourism Department Director Dr Qaiser Rafique said that an exclusive Satellite TV channel about tourism is being launched in Pakistan. As a part of efforts to improve Pakistan’s image in the world, the UNWTO conference will also be held in Islamabad in near future. BS Degree programmes in Tourism and Hotel Management are also being introduced in different universities of Pakistan.