International conference on Mountaineering, Eco Tourism and Hospitality organized by Karokoram International University Hunza campus started. Governor Gilgit Baltistan Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon was the chief guest of the inaugural session of IC-METH while Researchers, Scholars, Vice Chancellors from different national and abroad Universities, students, faculty and staff of KIU were attended the conference. Addressing to IC-METH Mr. Raja Jalal Hussain Maqpoon, Governor GB has said that Dr. Attaullah Shah VC KIU’s efforts in organizing the conference are commendable. We have countless opportunities of promoting tourism in the region. Governor said that the government will resolve land acquisition issue for the campus. The proposal of Tourism and Mountaineering Centre at Nasirabad Hunza is a great initiative. I will try my best to acquire financial resource for the proposed center. Prof. Atta Ullah Shah Vice Chancellor KIU has said that KIU is honored to have the first ever conference on Tourism and Hospitality Management, to showcase the nature wonders and its tourism significance in socio-economic development of the region. Dr. Shah said that KIU’s Hunza campus has been a leading campus in Pakistan to start the tourism department. The conference will help develop linkages and networking among government, academic and private stakeholder to promote ecotourism in the region. The conference has attracted numerous and diverse national and international scholars and speakers.
Prof. Dr. Amran Rusli, UTM, Malaysia talked about how university spaces can be used to promote tourism and presented the case of his own university in this regard. Prof. Dr. Azizan Marzoki, Malaysia talked about mountain tourism/highland tourism and how it has been developed in Malaysia. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Naeem Khan, Vice Chancellor Baltistan University talked about Mountaineering and ecotourism Potentials in Baltistan. He said that Baltistan all-in-one destination (cultural, agriculture, geological tourism, mountaineering, climbing etc). Prof. Dr. Masoom Yasinzai Rector International Islamic University presented his paper in Islamic perspective of Tourism. In the Plenary Session renown mountaineer Mr. Nazir Sabir, KIU Senator Mr. Rehman Shah, Col. Saqib Iqbal, Sector Commander SCO GB, Ms. Ghazala Yasmin, GB Pride Association, Mr. Basharat Issa, Institute of Educational Development, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Ms. Shahida Haji, Punjab University, Dr. Rizwan Abbas Assistant Professor KIU Hunza Campus, Dr. Talib Hussain, Baltistan University, Ms. Irum and Mr Haider Ali, KIU Hunza Campus presented their research papers in the different sessions of the conference.