East­ern Eu­ro­pean, Cen­tral Asian coun­tries pro­mote tourism un­der BRI

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - EMBASSY -

The tourism pro­mo­tional event for East­ern Eu­ro­pean and Cen­tral Asian coun­tries that was themed in ac­cor­dance with the Belt and Road ini­tia­tive (BRI), took place in Bei­jing on Novem­ber 26, dur­ing which gov­ern­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tives from dozens of coun­tries and up to 30 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of travel agen­cies at­tended the event.

Sev­eral co­op­er­a­tive agree­ments were signed be­tween the Chi­nese and over­seas travel agen­cies for pro­mot­ing the out­bound tourism to the coun­tries in the re­gion.

Hosted by the Turk­menistan Em­bassy in Bei­jing, Bei­jing Youth Travel Ser­vice Co., Ltd and Bei­jing Shuangx­iong For­eign Ser­vice Com­pany, the event is to raise aware­ness among the Chi­nese tourists of the rich travel re­sources that Cen­tral Asian coun­tries have to of­fer. The Am­bas­sador of Turk­menistan to China Chi­nar Rus­ta­mova at­tended the event and de­liv­ered re­marks in which she gave a de­tailed in­tro­duc­tion of the po­ten­tial tourism in­dus­try in her coun­try and ex­tended her wishes for de­vel­op­ing more travel routes for tourists to draw more Chi­nese peo­ple to Turk­menistan.

“We have great tourism po­ten­tial that is un­known to many for­eign tourists, in­clud­ing the Chi­nese, and there is no doubt that hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to visit sev­eral cen­tral Asian coun­tries to help Chi­nese tourists see the great achieve­ments of our coun­try, un­der­stand and love the cul­ture and tra­di­tions of our peo­ple is a very nec­es­sary tourism ex­change,” Rus­ta­mova said. “That is why we in­vite th­ese tourism com­pa­nies to China to demon­strate the great tourism po­ten­tial and make th­ese na­tional re­sources the foun­da­tion of in­ter­na­tional tourism.”

To pro­mote the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween Turk­menistan and Chi­nese tourism com­pa­nies, the first visa cen­ter dubbed the BRI Visa Ser­vice Cen­ter was es­tab­lished in Bei­jing in July, pro­vid­ing visa con­sult­ing ser­vices to Chi­nese in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies to Turk­menistan.

The Chair­man of Bei­jing Youth Travel Ser­vice Co., Ltd, Zhang Nan said in his speech that they have signed an an­nual ticket agree­ment with China South­ern Air­lines to make it cheaper for peo­ple trav­el­ing be­tween China and Ge­or­gia. At the same time, the com­pany also signed a train­ing pro­gram with a lo­cal tourism agency that of­fers horse-rid­ing tours to Chi­nese horse en­thu­si­asts in Turk­menistan.

The ca­reer de­vel­op­ment cen­ter of the Red Cross So­ci­ety of China has part­nered with Bei­jing Youth Travel Ser­vice to pro­mote the geri­atric re­cu­per­a­tion tour project to the re­gional coun­tries.

The Am­bas­sador of Ge­or­gia to China Archil Ka­lan­dia, the Am­bas­sador of Ar­me­nian to China Sergey Manas­sar­ian, the Am­bas­sador of Ta­jik­istan to China Davlat­zoda Parviz, and the Am­bas­sador of Moldova to China De­nis Je­li­malai also at­tended the event.

Photo: Courtesy of the Turk­menistan Em­bassy in Bei­jing

Guests and rep­re­sen­ta­tives take a group photo at the BRI tourism event in Bei­jing.

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