Formation of ‘Tourism Advisory Board’ proposed

ISLAMABAD : The Board of Directors of Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) has proposed the formation of Pakistan Tourism Advisory Board, a successor entity of PTDC at the federal level. “The purpose of the advisory board will be to lookafter regulatory and international aspects of the tourism industry,” an official told APP on Wednesday. He said that the formation of the board would help address several issues raised after devolution of PTDC to the provinces under 18th Constitutional amendment. To a question he said the revenue generated by PTDC through tourism had been declined massively in recent years due to security situation.
 During this transitional period, internationayber Pakhtunkhwa has declined.
He said that the management of PTDC had been transferred to the provinces however, the Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination had moved a summary to the Prime Minister in which it described two ways for payment of pending salaries of the employees.
He said that one option could be that federal government might sanction one time special grant of Rs930 million to clear pending salaries and legal benefits accrued to the employees before their transfer to the province, while the second option was that the Prime Minister might approve in principle, the sale/mortgage of PTDC properties located in Islamabad to clear the liabilities and the salaries of the employees.

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