Impact Of Covid -19 On Tourism Development In Gilgit- Baltistan
Author: Bibi Maryam

During this COVID-19 pandemic, the world entered an unusual scenario, with most businesses shutting down and tourism was the most vulnerable. The industry apparently entering into massive crises as a result of pandemic measures. As a result, the tourism sector is at high risk, because people cannot visit the region after fear of disease and viruses acts. airlines, road transportation, and all hotels have paused their services. This study examines the impact of COVID-19 on the tourism development in Gilgit-Baltistan, as a region that was preparing to welcome the upcoming tourism boost towards its region. In order to achieve the objective of the study, a sample of 40 respondents from Gilgit-Baltistan were chosen. An in-depth interview was conducted. Tourism has both positive and negative effects on the local community in Gilgit-Baltistan. The local community is interested in promoting tourism as a means of economic development as a means of promoting well-being. The tourism industry has some drawbacks, such as pollution and a loss of cultural distinctiveness. The findings of this study demonstrate that how the COVID-19 pandemic affected the tourism sector in Gilgit-Baltistan and how the people are coping with the prevailing situation. COVID-19 has negatively affected the tourism sector all over the world, with international as well as domestic flights being banned and a complete lockdown of the social movement altogether COVID-19 pandemic has adversely affected the tourism industry in Gilgit-Baltistan. International and domestic travel has been restricted. Gradually, the government has relaxed the lockdown and allowed domestic tourists to visit Gilgit-Baltistan amid following SOPs. But this study showed some positive impact of COVID-19 on tourism industry in GB, as a result of the international airline closures, the elite class tourists were unable to travel abroad, resulting in an increase in the number of domestic visitors. Some of the challenges, as the study suggests, relates to mass tourism, lack of skilled human resources, and lack of energy source, unplanned development, external investment, indigenous rights, and quality of tourism facilities. This study also gave several policy recommendations for tourism development in Gilgit Baltistan. Supervisor:- Dr. Zulfiqar Ali

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Supervisor: Zulfiqar Ali Kalhoro

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