BEIJING: According to official data available with NPTV China has the world’s largest number of outbound tourists.
The number of trips made by Chinese people to other countries or regions reached 135 million in 2016, compared to 5 million in 1995, data released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) showed.
This represents an annual increase of 17.6 percent on average over 21 years, said the NBS. China has been the country with most outbound tourists in annual terms since 2013, according to the NBS.
China’s outbound tourism market is estimated to increase by 5 percent annually on average in the coming years, bringing the number of outbound tourists to 157 million in 2020, according to the China Tourism Academy, a think tank under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Promoting religious tourism in Pakistan!
ISLAMABAD: South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Director General for South Asia and Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal Tuesday said the government was making all-out efforts to promote tourism sector, especially religious one in the country.
Speaking at a seminar “Heritage Diplomacy; A Gadget for Religious Peace, organized by Regional Rapport here at National Library, He said Pakistan had many sacred religious sites and these sites had potential to attract foreign tourists.
He said Pakistan always welcomed religious tourism and facilitated foreign visitors. Since coming into power, the present government was making efforts to promote tourism, especially religious tourism of Pakistan, he added. To realize the potential of tourism, the government had taken a number of steps including liberalization of the visa regime and developing tourism infrastructure.
He said the opening of Kartarpur Corridor was the single most important milestone, unprecedented in the history of South Asia.
He expressed the hope that this project would materialize soon and pilgrims from across the border would be able to visit the holy site. “We must learn to coexist and cherish diversity,” he added.
Various governments had undertaken a number of steps whereby heritage diplomacy and culture had been promoted, he said and added in 2018, the Ministry of Information, Broadcasting had announced the first ever film and culture policy of the country.
Under the policy, the focus had been shifted to building cultural infrastructure in the country, promotion of visual and performing arts, promotion of music and other arts, development and preservation of book and culture as well as archeological places, he added.
Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) Director General Jamal Shah, in his presentation, highlighted the importance of cultural heritage in the country.
He said cultural heritage creates awareness and plays a crucial role in the promotion of peace.
Center for Culture and Development Executive Director Dr. Nadeem Omer, in his paper titled “Heritage as Soft Power”, highlighted various aspects of the heritage.
He appreciated the organizer of the event, saying that such events would create awareness for understanding the importance of cultural heritage.
Folklorist, Scholar, and Founder of Lok Virsa Dr. Uxi Mufti, in his paper, highlighted the intangible heritage in a modern perspective.
He said intangible heritage should be preserved and promoted to achieve the benefits of rich heritage.
Earlier, Regional Rapport Executive Director Almas Haider Naqvi welcomed the guests in the programme.
Chairman of Industries Research Cell Rauf Azad Kakepoto and a large number of people from different walks of life also attended the event.
Senate Body to formulate SOPs to ensure attendance
ISLAMABAD: Senate Special Committee to provide a mechanism for implementation of recommendations of the Committees adopted by the House discussed formulation of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) with a view to ensure attendance of ministers and members of the committees.
Senator Dilawar Khan, Chairman of the Committee in his opening remarks said that a strong parliament guaranteed a strong democracy and it is our responsibility to make the committees of the parliament more robust to contribute towards the socio-economic growth of the country.
He said that attendance of the proceedings of the Parliament and the committees by ministers and members enhanced the prestige of institution and the parliamentarians themselves. Senator Dilawar Khan said that the special committee would make solid recommendations by taking all the stakeholders in confidence.
The Committee decided that the Secretariat should work on a template of warrants of production, not punishment under CPC in case summons to appear before the Committee or direction to produce required documents is not entertained.
The Committee took decisions on the matter referred to it by the Council of Chairmen.
It was decided that no more than one sub-committee could be constituted by a committee at the same time, the maximum time period for presentation of committees would stay to sixty days and the permission to hold meetings in the ministries was not granted.
The Committee held a detailed discussion on the formulation of Terms of Reference of the Committee and considered the orientation of chairpersons committee as well as members about the rules of business of the Committees, a mechanism for efficiently following up on the points of public importance raised and about timely laying the recommendations in the House.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Senator Dilawar Khan here at the Parliament House and was attended among others by Senators Khanzada Khan, Muhammad Javed Abbasi, Muhammad Ayub, Walid Iqbal, Nighat Mirza, Haji Momin Khan Afridi, Sardar Muhammad Shafiq Tareen, Mirza Muhammad Afridi, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ali Muhammad Khan, Secretary Parliamentary Affairs and officials from the ministry.
Govt. Haj Scheme balloting tomorrow
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Religous Affairs and Interfaith Harmony Dr. Noor-ul-Haq Qadri will perform the balloting for govt. Haj Scheme tomorrow (on 12th March).
Designated banks have so far updated over two hundred sixteen thousand hajj applications online. Ministry of Religious Affairs has directed the banks to complete online entry of Haj applicants at the earliest. The banks have also been advised to clear cheques and drafts of intending pilgrims by today.
Minister for Religious Affairs has advised intending pilgrims to participate in awareness campaigns that would be carried out in all provinces.