LAHORE - The Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry (LCCI) has urged the government to reopen the recreational parks as lockdown has put their survival at stake.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, LCCI President Irfan Iqbal Sheikh, Senior Vice President Ali Hussam Asghar and Vice President Mian Zahid Jawaid Ahmad said that recreational parks are an important part of tourism industry of Pakistan.

Govt has closed down all recreational parks to control spread of coronavirus.  Since the lockdown started, investor related to recreational parks are suffering, spending a lot but earning nothing.

They said that government has taken good decision to open businesses throughout the country. Recreational parks should also be allowed to open as investors have invested billions of rupees and playing a proactive role in promotion of tourism industry.

They said that recreational parks are one of local community attractions for physical activities and relieve stress after hard work. They said that recreational parks contribute not only to physical activities but also the social wellbeing of their community, enhance property value and contribute to health.

They said that opening of recreational parks would be the first towards rehabilitation of this billions of dollars worth sector.  While talking about potential in tourism sector of Pakistan, the LCCI office-bearers said that attention and public-private partnership is needed as country has all components for becoming a heaven for the foreigners, as well as local tourists.  They added that most of destinations in Pakistan are still a hidden and untapped treasure. They said that tourism industry of Pakistan can inject billions of dollars to the national economy besides generating millions of employment opportunities and huge revenue to the exchequer.