From September 23 to 25, the Karakoram International University (KIU) in Gilgit-Baltistan will conduct a three-day international conference aimed at increasing sports tourism in the country.
It will come after a trip to Hunza to see cultural events such as a polo match.
Prof Dr. Ataullah Shah, Vice-Chancellor, will serve as the conference’s convener, while Dr. Tasawwar Baig, Associate Dean of the Faculty of Science, will serve as the conference’s secretary. Other speakers from the United States, Germany, Malaysia, and the European Union will also speak at the conference.
Mountain sports, adventure sports and tourism, hard and soft sports tourism, sports tourism leagues, anti-doping regulations, sports tourism development, impact sports tourism, health, environment, economics, and sports event management will be the topics of discussion during the conference.
Sports tourism is one of the country’s fastest-growing sectors, and the northern territories are perfect locations with five peaks above 8,000 metres and more than 100 peaks over 7,000 metres.
Chitral has hosted the Shandur Polo Festival every year since 1936, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world for a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
During the winter, the region holds ice skating activities and can be transformed into an appropriate venue for ice hockey games.