Deedar Ali is an ambitious young student, hailing from Gilgit – Baltistan, currently studying Tourism Management in Austria. With his enthusiasm and determination, Deedar was able to get a scholarship to complete the one year course in the European nation.
Just like his home region, Gilgit – Baltistan, Austria is also a landlocked country, sandwiched between Germany, Slovakia, Itlay and Switzerland, to name a few. Austria is a global tourism giant, attracting billions of dollars of international tourism revenue.
“I am really impressed by the way Austrian tourism industry is contributing to its economy”, Deedar said while sharing his experience with Pamir Times. He also said that Pakistan has an outstanding tourism potential because its land is blessed with much some of the world’s highest mountains, large glaciers, lakes, vast deserts, flora, fauna, a sea and huge forest areas. “The diverse culture of Pakistan and its rich history is also an asset from tourism point of view”, Deedar further said.
Deedar blamed the political leadership and bureaucracy for not properly utilizing the tourism potential of the country. He said that tourism industry can bring stability of economy, if the environment is made conducive.
“Pakistan has plenty of touristic destinations and can offer much more to the diverse global tourism market”, he said. He asked the politicians and bureaucracy to learn from the Austrian model and contribute towards better economy, as well as image building of the nation. “The kind of resources that we have in Pakistan”, he again said, “can make us the world’s most attractive and vibrant tourism market”, he said.
Editor’s note: Deedar is based in Salzburg, Austria. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 0043-6889417085.