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Army, PAF rescue stranded tourists in Nathia Gali

RAWALPINDI: Reacting to media reports pertaining to stranded tourists in Nathia Gali, the Pakistan Army and Pakistan Air Force on Tuesday dispatched rescue teams to save the travellers, said the military's media wing. According to Inter-Services Public Relations, the rescue operation was under taken early morning at 3:15 AM under extreme weather conditions and the marooned tourists, who called for help through the media, were shifted to safer place in Murree and Kalabagh. The teams, carrying food items and medicine…

11 women police officers of Kalash tribe who protect tourists

PESHAWAR: Eleven women police officials of Kalash tribe who illustrate perfect display of bravery by offering their services for protection of tourists in their areas. These eleven women of the minority tribe have been serving in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Police on special services duty since 2013. They provide complete security to the tourists who visit the historic tribe of Chitral.  District Police Officer (DPO) Chitral Furqan Bilal said the women constables also guide local as well as foreign tourists about the…

Army rescues stranded Deosai tourists

RAWALPINDI: Rescue and relief mission to evacuate 20 stranded tourists, including a foreigner, was successfully undertaken by Pakistan army in Deosai near Skardu. The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), the military's media wing, said the stranded individuals were searched and rescued by the army's aviation helicopters. The commander of the Force Command Northern Area also met the stranded tourists. One tourist has also been evacuated in Skardu and his health is said to be stable. The army in coordination with…

More than 2,000 tourists evacuated after Indonesia quake kills 98

MATARAM: Indonesia Monday sent rescuers fanning out across the holiday island of Lombok and evacuated more than 2,000 tourists after a powerful earthquake killed at least 98 people and damaged thousands of buildings. The shallow 6.9-magnitude quake sparked terror among tourists and locals alike, coming just a week after another deadly tremor surged through Lombok and killed 17 people. Rescuers on Monday searched for survivors in the rubble of houses, mosques and schools destroyed in the latest disaster on Sunday…

‘Boycott Murree’ campaign gains momentum after videos of tourists’ harassment go viral

MURREE: A social media campaign has been launched urging tourists to stop visiting Murree during the current season after videos showing local hoteliers and transporters misbehaving with tourists surfaced on the internet. The campaign addresses the issue that the local hoteliers and transporters are overcharging and mistreating the tourists. Some of the allegations leveled on the local business mongers are substandard food, lack of hospitality ethics and sky-high prices for accommodations. It is reported that the…

1.75 million tourists visited Pakistan in 2017: report

KARACHI: Following a significant improvement in the security situation, tourism in Pakistan has increased by 300 per cent over the past few years, a report said here. According to the report published by the APP, 1.75 million tourists visited Pakistan in 2017 alone. Statistics from the Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) show that 30 per cent travelers were domestic. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), last year, revenue from tourism contributed around $19.4 billion to Pakistan's…

Snow traps 13,000 tourists at Swiss Alpine resort Zermatt

GENEVA: Heavy snowfall has trapped some 13,000 tourists at Zermatt, one of Switzerland's most popular ski stations, the Alpine resort said Tuesday. The snow has blocked all roads and the train leading to the resort in the southern Swiss canton of Valais, which was also hit by some power outages, head of the station Janine Imesch told a French wire service. There are currently "around 13,000 tourists at Zermatt," she said, while the station website warned that "arrivals and departures are not possible at the moment."…

Even Irma could not hamper delighted tourists’ plans to visit Disney World

LAKE BUENA VISTA: Not even a hurricane could keep tourists from the happiest place on Earth on Saturday. With Hurricane Irma looming over the entire state of Florida, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom remained open until 9 PM on Saturday night, well before the storm was expected to threaten the area but close enough to fray a few nerves. The four Disney parks — just southwest of Orlando — were due to shut down on Sunday and Monday, the company said in a statement, allowing guests, many of whom made plans months in…