Pakistan’s first Tourism Incubation Center will be launched by the TechValley Abbottabad with the approval of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board (KPITB).
Tech Valley Abbottabad aims to promote a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology. It provides a platform to thinkers, intellects and change makers in the region while equipping them with relevant skills and training. Tech Valley Abbottabad is training division of HCP which was registered with Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Technology Board(KPITB) in 2010.
The TechValley organized first National Conference on Sustainable Tourism in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The conference had the theme of “Rebuilding K-P through Entrepreneurship and Tourism”. The theme of the conference was related to empowering young generation and broadening their horizons about innovation, entrepreneurship, and tourism.
One of the local issues which Pakistan is currently facing is to revive Tourism sector in Pakistan because it is known for beautiful landscapes and rich cultural heritage. The motive of this conference was to support tourism with the entrepreneurial spirit. Many supporters and sponsors including TripKar, Hive Islamabad brought together the event and others.
TechValley CEO Umar Farooq at the event announced the establishment of Pakistan’s first ever tourism Incubation Center in TechValley Abbottabad. It will invite startups free of cost, to work for 4 months. It will be an opportunity for the startups to get funding, mentoring and technical guidance. He said,
“KP got 8.8 million foreign and over 10 million domestic tourists last year. With the security situation getting stable, this is the optimum time to take practical, urgent initiatives to build tourism.”
Various speakers talked about the role of IT in sustainable development in tourism, the role of financial institutions, startup culture in Pakistan and key success stories of entrepreneurs. The event was attended by more than 500 people including many key stakeholders related to tourism, IT and entrepreneurship industries.