CDA launches City Tour service
ISLAMABAD (April 7, 2012) : Capital Development Authority (CDA) has launched a City Tour service to facilitate tourists as well as residents of the capital to enjoy a ride across all picnic spots of the federal capital and other cities.
A senior CDA official said, “The City Tour service is meant to provide tourists a well-managed travelling and tour guiding service.”
He said the service had been launched by the CDA’s Environment Wing under the auspices of the newly formed Tourism Division.
The division has initiated two tours a day across the federal capital. In the morning tour, the tourists will be taken to Faisal Mosque, National Monument and Shakarparian.
In the afternoon trip, the visitors will be taken to Saidpur Village, Daman-e-Koh, Lok Virsa and Lakeview Park, Marghazar Zoo, Children Park and Jinnah Super Market.
The official said the service received encouraging response from individuals as well as many organisations.
He said the cost of the tour package varied in accordance with the tourists’ demands as well as the location.
He said the division was in the process of improving City Tour service and a website containing all relevant information about the tourist attractions and tourist packages will soon be launched.
A handbook on Islamabad is also being published to give visitors a pictorial overview of the capital that is rich in various natural, cultural as well as archaeological sites.
The official said the CDA was bracing itself to introduce tours at large scale for families as well as educational institutes during upcoming summer vacations.
He said initially, the division will focus to arrange trips for families and later for students.
“Contrary to families, students desire visiting more adventurous locations. The travelling as well as accommodation requirements are also different,” he observed, adding the students liked to stay in camping sites or youth hostels, instead of hotels.
Questioned about the security of foreign visitors, the official said their security will be managed by the CDA.
The official said CDA officials were giving presentations at various educational institutes and organisations about the tour service that has so far been receiving applause.
He said the service will also be promoted through social media sites, video messaging thorough electronic screens and other modes of outdoor advertising.
As another attraction, he said, a project of double-decker bus service was also on the cards. For the project, he said the CDA was looking for some private partners to make the project financially viable and profitable. app