Gilgit, [27 September 2023] –Tourism Promotion Services (Pakistan) Limited hosted a panel discussion at Gilgit Serena Hotel, “Raabta” a vital platform for engaging in a dialogue on the ‘Harmonization of responsible tourism and climate action: Shaping a Sustainable Future,” this event brought together a distinguished panel of experts, community leaders, and government officials to explore the critical intersection of tourism and environmental conservation.

The event was curated by the esteemed journalist and curator, Sidra Iqbal. The keynote speaker for the event was Mr. Asif Ullah Khan, Secretary Tourism Gilgit Baltistan.

The panel discussion featured prominent experts and leaders who are actively engaged in promoting sustainable tourism and environmental conservation namely Raja Azam Khan, President, Town Management Society Shigar, Haider Raza, Director North, WWF Pakistan,

Kausar Hussain, General Secretary, Gilgit Baltistan Hotel Association, Ejaz Karim, Head of Emergency Management, Aga Khan Agency for Habitat, Qandeel Zehra, Scientific Officer, Environmental Protection Agency Gilgit Baltistan and Iqbal Hussain, Director Tourism, Gilgit Baltistan.

The Raabta panel discussion delved into various aspects of responsible tourism, climate action, and sustainable development. Key topics included the importance of responsible tourism in preserving fragile ecosystems, strategies to mitigate the environmental impact of tourism, the role of local communities in promoting sustainable tourism, collaborative efforts between government agencies, NGOs, and the private sector in shaping a sustainable future.

The Raabta panel discussion at Gilgit Serena Hotel served as a platform for insightful discussions and actionable insights on the pivotal role of responsible tourism in combating climate change. The event reaffirmed the commitment of all stakeholders to protect and preserve the natural beauty of Gilgit Baltistan while fostering economic growth through sustainable tourism practices. It served as an enriching platform for in-depth conversations and actionable insights on the pivotal role of responsible tourism in addressing climate change. The event underlined the collective determination of all stakeholders to safeguard the natural splendor of Gilgit Baltistan while promoting economic growth through sustainable tourism practices.