Why didn’t any tourist come?
Also last summer more than 1,600 international climbers visited GB for the first time. Karar Haidari, secretary of the Alpine Club of Pakistan, said the current political uncertainty in the country was the main factor behind the decline, as many adventure tourists canceled their trips to the region. However, Asghar Ali Porik, a tour operator from GB, said that the visa policy was the main reason, as it resulted in delay in issuing visas, Dawn reported.
40 percent increase in permit royalty fees
“There is no time limit for issuing visas to trekkers and mountaineers once applied for. Foreign adventure tourists cannot manage their plans accordingly. Porich, who organized several foreign expedition groups to K2 and other mountains last winter, said a 40 per cent hike in permit royalty fees is also keeping the hikers from coming, Dawn reported.
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