Turkmenistan and China enhance tourism cooperation

ASHGABAT (TCA) — A Turkmen-Chinese forum on cooperation in the sphere of tourism took place in Beijing on February 2. The forum was organized by the Turkmen Embassy in China jointly with the State Committee for Tourism of Turkmenistan, the State News Agency of Turkmenistan reported.

The meeting brought together representatives of state structures, tourist companies, marketing consultants, air carriers, as well as Chinese media. A delegation of the leading travel agencies and hotel business organizations of Turkmenistan arrived in Beijing to take part in the forum.

The main goal of the forum was to provide assistance in building up and developing cooperation in the sphere of tourism, establishing a dialogue between the state authorities and the business communities of the two countries, as well as popularizing and promoting the tourism potential of Turkmenistan in China.

Addressing the forum participants, Ambassador of Turkmenistan to China Chinar Rustamov specified such key mechanisms for enhancing tourism cooperation as mutual participation in exhibitions and congresses, exchange of delegations, organization of joint events and implementation of investment projects.

Businessmen of China familiarized with the investment policy of Turkmenistan that creates the favorable climate for attracting foreign capital, including in the tourism industry.

Speaking at the forum, the President of China’s ShuangSun International Service Company put forward a number of specific proposals to enhance the partnership, in particular the organization of cultural and educational tours to see the historical and architectural sights in Turkmenistan and China.

The opening of a visa application center of Turkmenistan that will provide visa support to Chinese tourists and companies took place in the framework of the forum.

Sergey Kwan

TCA

Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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