Visit Pakistan Year 2007: What Can We Do?

Posted on January 11, 2007
Filed Under >Bradistan Calling, About ATP, Economy & Development, Travel
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Guest Post by Bradistan Calling

The government has decided to celebrate the year 2007 as ‘Visit Pakistan Year.

Tourism is one of the biggest industries in the world. It can bring employment, opportunities and recognition. Pakistan is one of the best kept secrets of the tourism industry. Posts on ATP – on our various hidden tourist gems, our history, our culture and heritage, etc. – are examples of all that Pakistan has to offer. Everyone has their own ideas on Pakistan and pakistaniat; but ATP has demonostrated our ‘unity in diversity.’

ATP is the right forum for discussing how we can make “Visit Pakistan 2007” a success.

What avenues can be explored for participation and promotion of Pakistan. How can we attract tourists to Pakistan in 2007 and beyond? What can institutions like the national flag carrier (PIA) do to become a calling card for Pakistani tourism and hospitality? What role can the media play in this? And what can Pakistanis abroad do?

If those Pakistanis who live abroad decide to take ‘Visit Pakistan 2007’ seriously, others will surely follow.

Bradistan Calling is a proud Pakistani in Bradford, West yorkshire (Little Pakistan).

100 responses to “Visit Pakistan Year 2007: What Can We Do?”

  1. Brenda Booker says:

    Bahut, bahut, shukriya! ( See? I’m learning,lol!) I am very thankful and am glad for the advice! Allah Hafiz, my friend. Fayyaz and I thank you.

    Brenda

  2. Watan Aziz says:

    Sounds like a plan.

    If you will permit, I may offer an advice, is to practice patience. Humans by nature are impetus and patience is an acquired trait. Since you have put things in God’s most capable hands, then certainly God practices patience.

    Godspeed.

  3. Brenda Booker says:

    Thank you so much for your reply. I am not even nervous about going there because I believe that our relationship is all in God’s most capable hands. I’ve been blessed to find a man with such integrity and kindness and wish only to bring love and support to his family.

  4. Watan Aziz says:

    @Brenda Booker,

    If you are engaged to a “wonderful man from Pakistan”, then you are already not a tourist, but visiting home, his home.

    Grab a copy of “Guess who is coming to dinner tonight” and “Meet the parents”. Although both of these are male centric, and I cannot recall any female centric movies, the over arching theme is clear, be natural and not be out of place.

    BTW, it is not talking with men or women for that matter, it is talking with strangers that is an issue. And that generally, is true when you are a stranger to the place yourself, anywhere. It gets a little more compounded in tradition bound societies like Pakistan.

    From what you have posted, it appears you already know what to do, and making an effort to do it right, so good luck and relax and enjoy the journey.

  5. Brenda Booker says:

    I have a question about being a tourist. I am engaged to a wonderful man from Pakistan and I intend to come and meet his mother. We are mature, older people and have already gone through the engagement process although we went to Dubai for that. As an American, I am aware of the potential for dangerous activity and I also know that there must be certain rules and mannerisms to be on guard about. When I ask him what those ways to behave are he simply says to just stay with him. I am a Christian and he is a Muslim. I have dark blue eyes and blonde hair. I am used to being friendly and talking to both men and women but I know I should not touch or talk to the men although my Urdu is VERY limited right now! Please tell me if there is anything else that I can do to keep a low profile and not disrespect anyone. I want to make a good impression on his mother too. I have told him that I will cover if he wants me too. Thank You for your help! I think from all the pictures I have seen, Pakistan is beautiful. I look forward to this journey.

    Also, someone asked about a good book…I would suggest “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns” It intermingles Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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