Kazakhstan to coordinate Modern Silk Road12 april 2014, 01:14
Kazakhstan has been appointed as coordinator of the so-called “Modern Silk Road”, a new tourist product of the Turkic Council, Tengrinews reports citing the press service of the Committee for Tourism Industry of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan.
The Turkic Council, short for the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States, is an intergovernmental organization that aims to promote political and economic cooperation among the Turkic-speaking countries that share common historical and cultural ties. The current members of the Council are Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Turkey.
The decision to create the "Modern Silk Road" was taken at the Second Meeting of the Working Group on Tourism Cooperation of the Turkic Council in Istanbul. The plan is for the member-states to jointly establish tourist routes along the Silk Road to simultaneously develop both the ethno-cultural and the ecological tourism.
The parties have agreed to involve national tourism associations into the project to package the tourist experience as a single product. They also plan to put together a special tourist guide - “The Tourist Guide into the Modern Silk Road of the Turkic Council” - containing practical information about the companies providing specialized tours in the countries and general information about the culture, traditions, and history of the countries.
After a meeting with the Secretary General of the Turkic Council Halil Akynci, Marat Igaliyev, Chairman of the Committee for Tourism Industry, declared that Kazakhstan and Turkey will carry out experience and staff exchange programs and other joint activities, such as regular seminars, professional trainings, and exhibitions in the field of tourism in the Member States as well as in third countries in order to boost the hospitality industry in the two countries.
The areas of cooperation are reflected in the “Joint Cooperation Protocol on Tourism Cooperation between the Member States of Turkic Council” that was discussed and signed on April 11, 2014 during the Ministerial Meeting. In addition, the decisions of this meeting will be presented at the Fourth Summit of Heads of State.
By Dinara Urazova