Pata Pakistan Chapter Has Scored Yet Another Success
PATA Pakistan Chapter has scored yet another success in its singular and continuing efforts at restoring Inbound Tourism in Pakistan.
Ms. Cassandra exclaiming that “Pakistan is the country I like the most, though the one I had feared the most to visit” and “People in United States have negative ideas and fear to visit this country, but things are different; I had a great experience.” “Pakistanis are overwhelming and loving” have been carried widely by the country’s consumer Press and the electronic media, vindicating the Chapter’s adopted slogan “Surprising Pakistan.”
As reported in our previous issue PATA Pakistan Chapter is hosting Ms. Cassandra De Pecol, who has come to Pakistan as part of her epic venture to break a Guinness World Record. An adventure person from Washington, she is a Peace Ambassador for the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism and Skal International. She arrived at Karachi on the eve of Tueseday 13 December and completed the Karachi segment of her visit and left for Lajore and Islamabad, escorted by the host Chapter’s popular Chairman Lt.Col. [R] Akbar Ali Shareef.
In the morning Cassie was given a half-day city tour by Mr. Nazir Ahmed Soomro, Managing Director of Sindh Tourism Development Corporation. Cassie was Guest Speaker at Karachi University’s famous Institute of Business Administration where the listeners and the Speaker were both impressed by each other. The Chapter also arranged with Asiatic Public Relations [Pvt] Limited Cassies interview with a cross section of experts and students and she responded openly in the Question and Answer session.
A singular element of this programme by PATA Pakistan Chapter was its guest being received by the Mayor of Karachi Mr. Waseem Akhtar. Amidst a lot of fellow-feelings all-round, he presented her the City Crest and had her plant a sapling within the precincts of the historic building.
The day’s Lunch was a lavish Reception by PATA Pakistan Chapter at its ‘partner hotel’ the Pearl Continental. A cross section of the elite of Pakistan’s tourism industry and trades attended in a large number. Airlines seniors like Mr. Ken Marshall and new arrivals like AirLanka’s Mr. Ahmad Mazahim were there. While Chairman Akbar presented her a prized travel book, Mr. Naeem Sharif, Chairman of TAAP, presented its commemorative crest to her. Mr. M. Hanif Dossani, Committee Member of the Chapter, invited her to see an on-going marriage ceremony at his place.
The day was rounded up with a memorable dinner hosted by Mr. Nazir Ahmed Soomro the popular second-term Managing Director of STDC, at The Kababji in Clifton. Cassie was visibly charmed by its ambience, coupled with the full moon reflecting on the sea and flocks of white sea gulls straddling its surface. The food, all barbecue items and ice cream, went well with the foreign visitor and some elite of the city who were invited to join her.
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PATA Pakistan Chapter is, in effect, the federation of Pakistan’s tourism industries, trades and administration. Its constituents are travel agents, inbound and outbound tour operators, event managers, airlines, hotels, restaurants, tourist transport operators, travel publications, consultants, government and semi-government authorities.