Turkmenistan to hold several int'l tenders
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, July 19 / Trend H. Hasanov /
Turkmenistan plans to hold an international tender on the construction of tourism facilities in the Avaza tourist zone on the Caspian sea. The tender was opened by a decree signed by President Gurbanguly Berdimuhammedov.
The decree aims to create expand the number of buildings and facilities in the zone.
The Agriculture Ministry, Avaza Tourism Zone Committee and Balkan Province Administration were instructed to determine the boundaries of the facilities.
The tourism industry has a special place in Turkmen strategic plans. Avaza is the country's first free economic zone, where investors, firms and companies receive tax and customs benefits.
Roughly $500 million in facilities will be built in the zone.
A new airport, power plant, and desalination and wastewater treatment plants have been already commissioned. A number of spa facilities were recently put into operation.
Water parks, yacht clubs, an aquarium, an indoor ski resort, a cycling track, and a casino city will also be constructed within the second stage of the project's development.
The Great Silk Road stretched through Turkmenistan. It is rich in natural landscapes and archaeological sites included in the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites.