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Swat valley has large tourism potential, says Swiss ambassador – Newspaper

Swiss ambassador Thomas Kolly being briefed concerning the Buddhist web site of Butkara in Swat. — Daybreak

MINGORA: Ambassador of Switzerland to Pakistan, Thomas Kolly, has mentioned that Swat valley had received an enormous potential for worldwide tourism as a result of it had attractive panorama, wealthy cultural heritage, archaeological treasure and well-mannered individuals.

He was talking to mediapersons after visiting Swat museum and archaeological web site of Butkara together with a delegation of Swiss embassy.

Provincial minister for tourism, tradition and archaeology Atif Khan, KP director archaeology Abdul Samad Khan and MPA Fazal Hakim had been additionally current on the event.

Thomas Kolly visits archaeological web site of Butkara, Swat museum

The Swiss ambassador mentioned that with none doubt the panorama was wonderful in Swat, however there was rather more to see within the valley and that was the centuries outdated cultural heritage.

“Swat has received one thing extra distinctive within the form of archaeological monuments and historical past which makes it comparatively higher place on the planet. That is wonderful to see so many issues collectively at one place; the attractive panorama, wealthy cultural heritage, historical past and superb individuals. The wonderful mixture of all these makes Swat valley totally different and engaging for worldwide tourism,” he mentioned.

He mentioned that an ideal exhibition of Buddhist artifacts and statues from Pakistan was just lately held in Zurich which not solely created a excessive stage of curiosity within the historic Buddhism, but additionally in KP from the place the statues and artifacts got here. He mentioned that the federal government of Switzerland would proceed its assist to Pakistan in numerous sectors, together with tourism.

Atif Khan, who accompanied the Swiss crew, mentioned that he was excited that the high-level Swiss delegation visited Swat to see the archaeological websites. He mentioned that the federal government was taking steps to advertise worldwide tourism in Pakistan.

“To advertise spiritual and archaeological tourism in KP and Swat valley, the federal government has allotted Rs500 million through which the archeological websites of excessive significance are being developed on worldwide requirements,” he mentioned.

The minister mentioned that the federal government was growing 20 archaeological and scenic websites on worldwide requirements within the first part with 5 ski resorts in KP, together with Gabin Jabba in Swat.

“The PTI authorities understands the significance of archaeological and non secular websites and can develop tourism which won’t solely carry monetary advantages to the area, but additionally create job alternatives for the native individuals,” he mentioned.

Atif Khan mentioned that the federal government had already fashioned a tourism authority in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, which might work for the promotion of tourism. He mentioned that Swat motorway can be formally opened in Might this 12 months whereas development of main a part of the Kalam street would even be accomplished.

Revealed in Daybreak, February 2nd, 2019

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