Climber Nazir Sabir calls for on-arrival visa facility to promote tourism in Pakistan

Renowned Pakistani mountain climber Nazir Sabir has called for on-arrival visa facility for tourists including mountaineers and climbers at air ports to facilitate and attract a large number of foreign guests.

Nazir Sabir, who achieved the summit of the world’s most astounding pinnacle, the Mount Everest, in May 17, 2000 and climbed K2 in 1981.

“By facilitating foreign tourists, Pakistan can fetch the badly-needed precious foreign exchange as the country offers tremendous opportunities and potentials in the field of tourism, especially in the trekking and adventure tourism sector,” he told APP on Sunday.

Mr Sabir, right now visiting United Kingdom to attend an international tourism and investment conference.  He said that tourism industry is the second biggest industry globally, however lamented that Pakistan, being the home of five out of fourteen 8000 meter mountain peaks and a standout amongst the most alluring vacation destinations, was just able to get 5 percent of the world’s tourism sector.

Mr Sabir said that Pakistan could improve its share in the world’s tourism sector by facilitating foreign tourists providing on-arrival visa facility.

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