British Backpacker Society team visits Peshawar

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PESHAWAR: A team of British Backpacker Society arrived in Peshawar, and were immediately welcomed with open-arms by local residents.

According to the ruling PTI Twitter handle, the British tourists enjoyed “Street of Storytellers” in Peshawar and visited Sethi House, a beautifully preserved traditional residence.

With culture based on hospitality, delicious food and fascinatingly hectic city streets, Peshawar serves as fantastic destination.

International tourist visits to the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial capital remain a rare occurrence, but British Backpacker Society team that visited the city believe that this will change soon.

The visit comes as the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government is focusing to draw more western tourists.

On Tuesday, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly was told that about Rs15 billion had been allocated for promotion of tourism in the province during the current fiscal year mostly to construct roads and identify new tourist spots.

Senior Minister Mohammad Atif Khan, who holds the portfolios of Tourism, Culture, Sports and Youths Affairs, told the House that the provincial government had allocated about Rs5 billion for promotion of tourism in the Annual Development Programme (ADP) of the current financial year.

He said the World Bank had also approved about 70 million dollars for tourism promotion in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. “Most of the funds would be spent on construction of roads and infrastructure to the tourist spots, towns and valleys in the province,” the minister said.