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Pakistan’s tourism industry is an undiscovered gold mine!

Tourism activities have been considered as vital source of economic growth. It propels a country in the generation of income and employment for both formal and informal sectors. Tourism supplements the foreign exchange earnings derived from trade in commodities and also finances the import of capital goods necessary for the nourishment of manufacturing sectors in economy.

ISO 21401 affects tourism

Sustainable services and products are the necessary requirements of a client or tourist. This system was developed to specifically meet the demands of tourism. Observing the increase in tourism around the globe the client has become cautious and responsible in their approach opting for the suitable and viable destination.

The management system can be used by any type, size and geographic location. It also includes the aspect of sustainability that must be managed by accommodation establishments such as;

Environmental dimensions: water consumption and its conservation, energy waste generation and production. Lastly, this includes protection of fauna and flora.

Social dimensions: substantial increase in work and income, also valorization of culture and development of local communities.

Economic dimension: prevention of accidents with customers and employees for customer satisfaction and economic viability of the enterprise.

Implementation of this system contributes to business objectives, reduces cost, and improves the relationship between the supplier and community. It is also a modern way of doing business, all accommodation establishments can make strategic decisions based on the information and data related to positive and negative aspects of environment, social and economic dimensions.

Tourism in Pakistan

Pakistan possessed a large potential regarding tourism because of its diverse and well preserved culture ranging from the coastal areas of Karachi and Gwadar in Baluchistan to Baadshahi mosque in Lahore to ravishing and exquisite valleys of the north like Hunza and Swat, to name a few.

Government of Pakistan has shifted its attention to the depreciating condition of historical sites and landmarks. There is a need for the renovation and preservation of our heritage to attract tourists. Due to the lack of international standards in Pakistan the flow of tourists has reduced, which ultimately left several sites in poor state. Tourism being a major part of the economy if developed and resurrected can add to the GDP of the country.

Tourism can help create employment opportunities for Pakistanis and improve the tarnished image of our homeland across the globe.

Pakistan must employ this management system within its tourism industry to keep facilitating not only the tourists but tourism industry as well.

Tourism industry is one of the largest industries of our country. Pakistan is a land of countless opportunities and endless potential. We need to tap into this field and look after it. Not only will it put up a good picture of our country, it can certainly provide economic benefits as well.

About time the governing bodies give this a much need thought and do something about it.

Combating terror financing through implementation of ISO 9001

International Organization for Standardization is a voluntary body that creates standards for management systems of companies that deals in good satisfying consumers through production and delivery of safe and reliable products.

ISO was established in 1947 and since then it has come up with several thousand standards for companies of all sorts: large or small, government or private, rural or urban. The size, class or area doesn’t matter for certification from ISO.

What is ISO 9001 Quality Management System?

It is one of the famous and most effective standards of all standards of ISO. Like many other standards, ISO 9001 was released in two, the latest edition came to the forefront in 2015.

The ISO 9001 is a Quality Management System (QMS) that describes the requirements for an organization to maintain quality in their services. It demands the companies to follow the guidelines to consistently produce products and services that their customers approve of and recommend. It is a constant effort on the organization’s end to come up with ways to improve their amenities that satisfies their consumers’ needs.

This certification is the primary requirement of every company that believes in keeps its customers satisfied and loyal to their brand. It is a struggle to keep the quality and standard of the companies’ processes and dealings of its employees in check.

Keeping things in check does require a little effort on workers end but the end results are worth all the effort. According to a survey 78% of the respondents claimed that ISO 9001 certification brought in positive results for their company and that their time and money did not go to waste.

Keeping Quality Management and Finances in check

ISO 9001 ensures quality management from the very first step to the very last. From finances generated to fund the projects to production of goods with those finances and then delivering those products to the consumers, every step is evaluated by the certification body.

When it comes to using the finances fairly, Pakistan gets in trouble. There have been cases in the past where both government and private organizations have been involved in money laundering and funding organizations supporting and proliferating terrorist based activities. Even now Pakistan is under strict surveillance of FATF after being grey-listed post Pulwama attacks in Indian held Kashmir.

ISO 9001: Quality Management Systems can help the finances in check. This standardization will ensure that the companies train its employees according to the standard’s guidelines, and form a monitoring body that oversees all the processes.

Once the influx and the out flux of the money is monitored, funding of terrorist groups can be curbed too. Not only that, people involved in such heinous acts can be caught too.

The ruling government must make it mandatory for all the big and small, government and private companies to get ISO 9001 certification. This will warn all the companies, groups and individuals who have been a part of these illegal deeds and help fight the war against terror.