The South Kazakhstan region can become a tourist center for entire Central Asian region. Shymkent hosted an international tourist investment forum where participants announced that the region intends to develop historical and ethnographic tourism. According to international experts, the territory of the present-day South Kazakhstan has many ancient fortifications which were major shopping centers of the Great Silk Road. These facilities will be of interest to travelers from all over the world. Furthermore, a sacred Turkestan, mausoleums of Khoja Ahmed Yasawi , Al-Kozhi, Arystan-Baba, Ibrahim-ata and Karashash Ana and others are locate in the region’s territory. Now thousands of tourists from Central Asia and Turkic states visit these places.

ZHANAR MAKHAZHANOVA, HEAD, SOUTH KAZAKHSTAN INDUSTRY DEPARTMENT:

- We plan to expand the existing resorts as well as development of historical and cultural development in Turkestan. We also plan to improve the territory of the Khoja Ahmed Yasawi  mausoleum. Moreover, we intend to create new tourist facilities.

Participants of the event agreed that it is necessary to develop new routes and organize tours to historical sites located in Kazakhstan’s part of the Great Silk Road. In the forum, the travel companies of Uzbekistan and China signed 4 memorandums of cooperation.

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