ISLAMABAD - The Ministry of Tourism is in process of rating technical proposals of the two extensive studies on how to revive backsliding tourism industry by promoting and developing tourism prospects both in coastal and desert areas of the country. The Ministry of Tourism in collaboration with Planning and Development Division is going to launch two studies on poverty elevation and environmental conservation through eco-tourism in coastal areas of Pakistan and potential and development of desert tourism in Thar (Sindh) and Cholistan (Punjab). Official source within the Ministry presently said they are in process of rating technical proposals of consultants concerning two studies, which would be conducted for developing tourism opportunities in far-flung areas of the country. "We have made a request to the Planning and Development Division for launching six researches on tourism but out of total two studies were selected by the authority," he said while taking to TheNation here on Saturday. He further maintained that in recent past, consultants for conducting these studies have also been invited by the Planning and Development Division through advertisement. "After receiving about 14 proposals, including 5 on poverty elevation and environmental conservation through eco-tourism in coastal areas of Pakistan and 9 on potential and development of desert tourism in Thar (Sindh) and Cholistan (Punjab), the Planning and Development Division submitted these proposals to the Tourism Ministry for rating," he described. He informed that one or two specialists studies would be selected shortly and employment and soon after that the Research Section of Planning and Development Division would conduct researches and would face all expenditures. Replying to a question, he informed that researches would be completed within one year. The year 2008 has proved to be the worst for tourism industry in almost entire tourist attraction areas, as security turmoil coupled with political instability has deprived the country of already marginal inflow of foreign and domestic tourists. While talking about prevailing situation of the tourism industry, an official of the Tourism Ministry opined that prevailing situation has badly affected people who associated with tourism business. "Besides contributing towards reviving tourism industry, these studies would provide authentic feasibility reports for initiating development projects in coastal and desert areas, would also facilitate inhabitants of these areas and would create work opportunities for them.