The tourism industry is a big part of modern economics, most nations invest in the tourism industry to attract people from all around of the world to get to know their countries. The importance of tourism is not only because of its role in economic development but also because of the importance of cultural exchange which comes along with it. Tourists who visit a country return back home, transfer experiences, information, and memories rof places they visited, the people they met, the cultures, customs and the beauty they have seen.
In Afghanistan, along with working on different aspects of reconstruction and rebuilding the country, it is crucial that the people and government pay attention to tourism. From one side, it creates jobs, grows income and leads to economic development, from another side, it brings cultural exchange between local residents and the tourists coming from all around the world which in turn will add to cultural enrichment, diversity and the development of tolerance in society.
Afghanistan has a great potential of attracting tourists. Particularly Badakhshan has a high potential. Its amazing natural beauty and historical significance could attract thousands of tourists every year. To highlight the significance of tourism industry, the Tourism Department of Information and Culture Directorate and Badakhshan Cultural Containers held a one day seminar under name of “Importance of Tourism Industry and Cultural Publicity”. The seminar was held with the participation of government directorates, NGOs, university students and local elders in the conference hall of the Agricultural Faculty of Badakhshan University.
According to the Chancellor of the University of Badakhshan, Badakhshan connects four neighboring countries in one geographical point which potentially could be an attractive distance for thousands of tourists in the future. Wakhan National Park is among the best natural parks in the region with thousands of rare and unique living species. Shir Ali Qasimi’s (Director of Badakhshan Information and Culture Directorate) speech was about historical and mineral gravity of Badakhshan and how such factors should leveraged to attract tourists and miners.
Abdul Rauf Enami, Secretary of Afghanistan Parliament, talked about national tourism policies and how the Parliament could cooperate and encourage the central government and local authorities to provide a secure and safe tourism environment all over the country. University lecturer Raziullah, highlighted the economic benefits of tourism industry for local residents and national incomes.
Mrs. Muzhda Tabish pointed out the significance of tourism for cultural exchange. Seddique Lalzad head of Badakhshan Tourism Department, talked about government policies on creating a safe environment for tourists and providing facilities and training further capacities in order to attract tourists.
In the end of the seminar participants shared their ideas with the speakers and the event ended with a summary and conclusion presented by Em’am Mohammad Saai, the lecturer at Badakhshan University.