An Assessment of Socio-economic Profile and Sustainable Development in Tourism Potential Areas: A Case Study of Galiyat (Pakistan)

  • Razzaq AhmedEmail author
  • Shaukat H. Khan
  • Khalida Mahmood
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation book series (ASTI)


Pakistan is a country with a great potential of tourism but unfortunately this sector has remained badly neglected. The north and west of Pakistan attracts tourists from all over the world due to its eye-catching natural beauty, massive and unique glaciers, sky-scraping peaks, fast flowing rivers and historical sites related to different civilizations. In spite of these facts the socio-economic conditions of these tourist rich areas are unsatisfactory. The present study was an attempt to assess the socio-economic profile of the tourist potential region of Lesser Himalayas-The Galiyat, by a comprehensive questionnaire. Galiyat is the most attractive destination among the local tourists and hence badly affected by mass tourist and unplanned construction. This study suggested a sustainable economic development in the study area using indigenous resources and potential, and proposed suitable sites for eco-tourism development.


Eco-tourism Galiyat Socio-economic profile Sustainable development Tourist potential 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Razzaq Ahmed
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shaukat H. Khan
    • 2
  • Khalida Mahmood
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of GeographyFederal Urdu University of Arts, Science and TechnologyKarachiPakistan
  2. 2.National Institute of OceanographyKarachiPakistan
  3. 3.Department of GeographyUniversity of KarachiKarachiPakistan

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