LAHORE (News): A Three-day Karakoram Festival was held at the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) to showcase diverse cultural, heritage and tourism attractions of Gilgit-Baltistan. The social, economic and environmental development (Seed) project under the framework of Pakistan-Italy Debt Swap Agreement in collaboration with the LCCI and Tourism Development Corporation Punjab organised the gala.
Provincial Minister for Industries Chaudhry Muhammad Shafiq and LCCI President Engineer Sohail Lashari jointly inaugurated it. The event featured an exhibition of flora and fauna of the central Karakoram national park, International Mountain Film festival and a conference.
The minister said that the numbers of foreign tourists would go up as the law and order situation was improving. The LCCI president said that lack of proper infrastructure was affecting some of the finest tourist sites. He said that tourism was a billion dollar industry and had played a very vital role in the economic wellbeing of several countries. Lashari said Nepal, which is not a developed economy, is taking full advantage of tourism.