KARACHI: Held in the city of lights, larger than before 3rd edition of Pakistan Travel Mart (PTM) ended on Thursday, 10th October, 2019. The mart consisted of over 350 notable national and international brands of travel, airlines, hotels & tourism industry who exhibited their travel and tourism products under one roof.
Hashoo group with unflinching faith in Pakistan Tourism Industry played a prominent role in the success of 3rd PTM by being the Hospitality partner of the Mart.
Holiday Weekly, this year also proactively participated in the Expo.
Mr. Sardar Ali Shah, Sindh tourism Minister inaugurated the exhibition and congratulated the organiseres and appreciated their determination and efforts for making PTM a national tourism brand of Pakistan.
“Not every dream becomes a reality but organizing and making Pakistan Travel Mart an established tourism brand of Pakistan was a dream that became a far better and superior reality”
This was said by Syed Muhammad Ali Hamdani, CEO, Pakistan Travel Mart while talking to Holiday Weekly at the occasion of ribbon cutting ceremony.
Senior Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Muhammad, Mr. Atif Khan who is also tourism minister by his choice performed 2nd day inaugural ribbon cutting ceremony.
Air Marshall Arshad Malik, CEO of Pakistan International Airlines(PIA) also paid a courtesy visit on 2nd day of the exhibition and congratulated PIA Brand Team for putting up a good show at PTM and he also appreciated Mr. Ali Hamdani for organizing third consecutive excellent mart. He also visited different halls of expo and met with seniors exhibitors.
This year PTM remained highly successful to bring together all the major stakeholders of travel, tourism, aviation and hospitality sector at one platform for one point agenda of promotion of tourism in Pakistan.
PTM was also successful in bringing opportunities, content and digital tools, to support the growth of the national travel industry by facilitating new connections and lasting business relationships, and by applying global network and expertise to local markets. Everyone who attended the Mart was highly impressed by the displays leaving both local, and foreigners surprised that Pakistan had so much to offer tourism wise.
The event got the patronage and support of all provincial governments in a way that tourism ministers & secretaries of all provinces of Pakistan.
An eminent keynote session of Pakistan Hospitality conferences were held on the side line of PTM. First day conference was organized by Pakistan food association & KATI and conference of Malaysian board held.
The second day was much productive and busiest as two very important conferences were held on second day. Mr. Haseeb A. Gardezi, Chief Operating Officer Hashoo Hotels, Senior Minister Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Mr. Atif Khan, Tourism minister Gilgit –Baltistan Fida Khan Fidaand Muhammad Azeem Qureshi, Corporate Director Sales Avari Group of Hotels & General Manger, Beach Luxury Hotelwere the prominent speakers on the occasion. They discussed in detail the different aspects and concerns of the hospitality and tourism sector, overall challenges and opportunities for investment in the industry and lastly question-answer session was held.
With improved domestic tourism in Pakistan, the hotel industry is also growing at a steady pace and witnessing growth in the occupancy rates.
“The event turned out to be better than what I was expecting, “said Atif Khan on one occasion.
The tourism minister of Gilgit–Baltistan congratulated Mr. Mohammad Ali Hamdani and his teams for taking such an excellent initiative to give such strong push to Pakistan tourism industry. They also congratulated Sardar Rafiq and paid rich tribute to him for the services he is rendering to Travel and tourism industry of Pakistan.