Thousands of domestic Pakistan tourists have rushed to Kaghan Valley, particularly Naran town, after the government lifted a COVID-19 related ban from the tourism and hospitality industries.
However, one of the biggest and the oldest tourist resorts
and a historic place for family tourism – PTDC Motel Naran – remains closed for
When DND News Agency contacted PTDC staff protesting outside the resort for knowing the reason for the closure, they claimed the following:
“When staff and employees of Motels of Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation were protesting and stating that PTI led government has seized the operation of PTDC Motels and media was reporting that PTDC operations have been closed down, Special Assistant to Prime Minister Zulfi Bokhari was (is) insisting that media was (is) reporting fake news and PTDC staff was giving a wrong and fabricated impression.”
The media had no litmus to check the situation because
Pakistan was going through COVID-19 lockdowns. Today was the first day in this
year’s summer season when the tourism industry started its operations after the
ban was lifted by the government. Now facts speak for themselves as all motels
of PTDC remained closed and under locks and guards.
Pakistan Tourism Limited (PTL) of PTDC has already closed
down its operations. PTDC had PTL and Motels as Tourism providing services and operations,
and both wings have been closed down, but the government is still insisting
that it has not closed down PTDC – the national tourism organization (NTO) of
PTDC is running and operational only in twitter, not in
reality, is the only answer one can find when visiting PTDC Motels anywhere in the
Half a century old and established on March 30, 1970, PTDC Motels
seized and operations were not available to tourists. PTDC Motels had been the
first choice of families in Pakistan for their domestic tourism accommodation
due to its repute and decent security as being the part of the government of
Pakistan owned accommodations.
PTDC authorities insist that PTDC operations are not being
closed but are being revamped to make it a world-class tourism organization.
– eTurboNews | Trends | Travel News