Magazine article Economic Review

National Tourism Policy - 1990

Magazine article Economic Review

National Tourism Policy - 1990

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This policy was announced on August 01, 1990, just six days before the dissolution of the previous PPP government. Later the IJI government shelved the policy, "thus depriving the nation an opportunity to develop its much neglected tourism sector. Salient features of this policy were as follows:-

* All tourism facilities would be treated as industrial concerns and would qualify for the same benefits, concessions and treatment as is extended to other recognized industries.

* "Deemed Exports Status" has been granted to the tourism industry including hotels.

* Monetary incentives provided to export industries shall henceforth be admissible to tourism.

* All tourism related projects established between July 1990 and June 1993 shall qualify for an eight year tax holiday, if established in areas where such concession to other industries is allowed.

* Concession of duty free imports admissible to industries in the prescribed areas would also be allowed for tourism projects.

* Concessionary loan financing as admissible for tourism projects in the Northern Areas would henceforth also be available to projects established in Hazara Division and the Coastal areas of the TABULAR DATA OMITTED country.

* Accommodation facilities for pilgrims visiting various shrines in Multan and Sehwan Sharif would qualify for loans at concessionary rates.

* All tourism projects would henceforth be eligible under the non-repatriable investment Scheme.

* All machinery and equipment for hotel industry, recreation, amusement, aviation and transport sector not manufactured in Pakistan would be allowed free import under NRI scheme.

* Provincial Governments would allot state land for tourism projects on long lease basis.

* Federal and Evacuee land where available shall be similarly allotted.

* Land adjacent to Government rest houses would be leased out on nominal lease basis for construction of 2-3 star hotels and motels.

* Income from log cabins, log lodges, campers, cabanas etc. build in Kirthar National Park, Keenjhar and Haleji Lakes, Khunjerab Park and the Northern Areas will not be taxed for a period of five years.

* Youth hostels and Camping grounds established by PTDC would be leased out to private sector for operation.

* Kitchen and other hotel equipment not manufactured within the country shall be allowed to be imported free of duty and sales tax.

* Incentives admissible to other industries would be allowed to Tourism Zones Enclaves established exclusively for foreign tourists.

* Imports of tourist coaches with a seating capacity of 15-20 persons and 4 wheel drives will be permitted in built up condition by registered travel agents and tour operators. Custom duty and sales tax on such vehicles will be realized in 5 equal instalments against a bank guarantee.

* Approved travel agents and tour operators shall be provided telephone, telex and fax facilities on priority basis.

* Special equipment for adventure tourism will be allowed to be imported free of custom duty and sales tax.

* Charter flights shall be allowed henceforth under a regulated programme to operate on point to point (city to city) basis.

* Tourist helicopters/small planes in the private sector would be allowed to operate.

* Pakistan Railways would operate trains under a package programme.

* 72 hours transit visas shall henceforth be granted free of costs on arrival to tourists at entry points, subject to overall policy considerations.

* Multiple entry visas will also be granted by Pakistani Missions abroad if such a request is made at the time of visa application.

National Tourism Council

Mohammad Khan Junejo the former Prime Minister announced formation of a National Tourism Council (NTC) in Islamabad. In fact the Planning Commission Working Group on Tourism for the Seventh Plan had suggested setting up of a national tourism authority on pattern of the British Tourism Authority. …

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