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Ashgabat, Ankara agree on tourism cooperation

Turkmenistan Materials 27 October 2011 16:26
Turkmen President Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov received the Turkish Tourism Investors Association's (TYD) chairman Turgut Gur, the Turkmen government reported on Thursday.
Ashgabat, Ankara agree on tourism cooperation

Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Oct. 27 / Trend , H.Hasanov /

Turkmen President Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov received the Turkish Tourism Investors Association's (TYD) chairman Turgut Gur, the Turkmen government reported on Thursday.

Both sides spoke about building effective bilateral cooperation and the statement said the meeting noted Turkish investors desire to expand their presence in the Turkmen market due to the favourable conditions for the development of mutually beneficial business relations.

The tourism industry plays an important role in the country's strategic plans. The Avaza resort can be an example for this where tax and customs privileges are granted to investors, firms, and companies.

Roughly $1.4 billion has been invested in the Avaza national tourist zone on the Caspian Sea since 2007.

To date, eight comfortable hotels with a capacity of 1700 beds and two 880-seater recreation centres for children and adults have been opened in the resort.

There is also a gas turbine power plant with a 254W capacity with a set of sub-stations, installation of seawater desalination, international airport servicing 800 people per hour and a park that includes a set of interactive marine and waterfront fountains along landscaped roads.

Turkmenistan has announced a series of international tenders for constructing facilities and structures designed for tourism, sports, recreation, health, and other public purposes.

The Great Silk Road passes via Turkmenistan which is rich in folk culture, various natural landscapes, unique archaeological sites, including those on the list of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage, the ancient Nisa, Merv, and Kunyaurgench, or, for example, Gonurdepe - the centre of civilisation Margiana and ancient Dehistan.

The Kopetdag Mountains, the flora and fauna of the Karakum desert, the coast of the Amu Darya, Koytendag, and subtropical areas of South-West of Turkmenistan are a godsend for lovers of ecological tourism.

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