APUDG (AJM Planning and Urban Design Group) is a Malaysian Firm and they have made and presented a development plan on 4 attractive tourism zones in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
This will help the Government of Pakistan’s dream of increasing tourism in Pakistan and showcase its beauty in the world.
The 4 tourism zones included in the master plan for developmer are Mankial in Swat, Thandiani in Abbottabad, Ganol in Mansehra, and Madaklasht in Lower Chitral.
The master plan for development of 4 tourism zones includes map-making, local planning, destination management plan, phase-wise infrastructure development, and construction of roads leading to them.
Project Director Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Integrated Tourism (KITE), Tausif Khalid, officials of KP Sports, Tourism, Archaeology, Museums, Culture and Youth Affairs Department, and tourism stakeholders attended the workshop where the Malaysian Firm APUDG discussed their master plan for the development of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa 4 tourism zones.
Malaysian firm will present the management plans and investment plans in the next phase including municipal, public sector investment, and private sector businesses.
Components of Master Plans by Malaysian Firm
The master plan includes 6 plans for the uplift of Integrated Tourism Zone Thandiani including a 428-room hotel and a resort for tourists while 5 projects are for infrastructure and other facilities.
8 projects were presented for the Ganol tourism zone, including a 218-room hotel and a resort while 5 projects are for infrastructure and other facilities.
7 projects were sketched for Integrated Tourism Zone Mankial in Swat where a 71-room hotel and a resort would be constructed besides 5 projects were presented for infrastructure and other facilities.
There were 8 projects for Integrated Tourism Zone Madaklasht in Lower Chitral including the construction of a 382-room hotel and a resort while 6 projects were for infrastructure and other facilities.
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government partnershiped with the World Bank though IDA (Internation Development Assosiation) loan for this project.
The Sports, Tourism, Archaeology, Museums, Culture and Youth Affairs Department under KITE took the responsiblity to work on this master plan by Maylasian firm.