ISLAMABAD     -   Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tourism Department is taking all necessary steps towards ‘safe tourism’ for upcoming season of winter and has established an ‘information centre’ for guidance related to tourist destinations in the region, Director Tourism Authority Khursheed Alam said on Saturday.

Talking to a private news channel, Khursheed Alam said that winter bells are ringing in the northern parts of the country including Babusir top where first winter snowfall is received. “KP Tourism Department is all set to welcome its winter tourists,” he added.

He said that all tourist destinations in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa will be opened in winters, for which all arrangements have been completed. Tourist destinations are being opened with strict winter related SOPs while implementation of SOPs in hotels and tourist spots will also be ensured, he added.

Hospitality training of locals and KP tourism police was also conducted, adding, more trainings would be imparted to the tourism police after tourism season to enhance their capacity and for better service to the tourists and visitors at the scenic attractions of the province.

Every year thousands of families from across Pakistan as well as international tourists are visiting various destinations in the region in winter to enjoy winter snowfall, he said, adding, this year too KP Tourism Department would facilitate its tourists.

He also lauded the enthusiasm of new recruits and rescue teams of KP who rescued the tourists during the time of flood.

Replying to a query, he also advises winter tourists to come fully equipped, with proper shoes and jackets, if they plan on visiting the valley during winter.

Tourists camps at various sites in KP

Department of Tourism Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Saturday released the report of tourist places of the province with 62 foreign and 23940 domestic tourists visiting the beautiful places of the province in one day.

According to the report, a total of 61 foreign tourists visited Kalash Valley and one tourist visited Mastuj in District Chitral Valley. The report further revealed that 13500 tourists visited Galiyat including 9500 tourists did camping in Naran and Kaghan valleys, 500 in Kalash Valley and 400 in Malam Jabba, District Swat.

Apart from this 34 tourists visited Kumrat, Mastuj and 6 tourists in various areas of district Chitral. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Tourism Department was taking steps to attract tourists to tourist spots and to provide facilities to tourists work is going on under Kite Project and Department of Tourism after the recent flood that badly damaged various roads in both Chitral and Swat valleys.