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Promotion of Kyrgyzstan as Tourism Country
According to the forecasts of the World Tourist
organization- The well-known Great Silk road to the year 2020 becomes
the most popular route among tourists on our planet . But in fact
already now it is possible to pass by the Silk road, how actually that
is done by many tourists from Western Europe and Japan, isn't it? And
that is not necessary pass it for one trip entirely. For the beginning it is
possible to familiarize with the Kirghiz part of Great road.
Kyrgyzstan can easily be the hot spot for tourism in Central Asia. It is
located across the Tien Shan and is blessed with white peaks, glaciers, and
emerald lakes. The salty water of Lake Issyk Kul, some Kyrgyz believe, will
heal a wound the second time the wound is washed in it. Additionally, at
Aksu, Jalalabad, and Jettioghuz, there are hot water springs for health and
recreation. There are ski resorts that are open throughout the winter.
Horseback riding, walking, and fishing are some of the other sports
available in the river valleys and around the lakes. In the cities, there
are public parks, restaurants, and museums. The latter include the History
Museum, the Fine Arts Museum, and the Kyrgyz Economic Achievement
Exhibition, which specializes in the Kyrgyz culture from the days of the
yurts to the present.
Incoming Tourism in Kyrgyzstan
There are some
factors which play a big role in making a country or region attractive or
not for the foreign tourists. According to their importance they are:
Natural beauty and climate
(Kyrgyzstan posses this factor)
Cultural and social characteristics
Accessibility of the region (lacks)
Attitudes toward tourists (possess)
Infrastructure of the region
Prices levels (lacks)
Shopping and commercial facilities
Sport, recreation and
educational facilities (lacks)
Kyrgyzstan's scorecard gives a mixed reading. But
Kyrgyzstan does have the first most important factor, its natural beauty,
which attracts most of the tourists here. With its vast, varied natural
environment, especially the Tian Shan Mountains and the Issyk-Kul Lake, it
enjoys a strong opportunity to use the tourism and develop its economy.
Because of its climate, the tourist season is summer, when the weather is
calm and suitable for trekking and rafting.
Kyrgyzstan also does well on the second point; the
Kyrgyz traditional life style may be very attractive to the eyes of
foreigners. So there is the possibility to develop some attractive tours
showing traditional handcrafts, the playing of traditional musical
instruments, the singing of songs, and folk dancing. Most of the tours to
visit tourist attractions like Issyk-Kul Lake also include showing some
traditional shows and dances. This part of tourism, cultural tourism, can
economically benefit the local performers directly.
But Kyrgyzstan is not likely to become a mass
market for tourism anyway. Even if all the artificial obstacles were to be
removed, for Europeans and Americans it still seems too far and expensive.
People mostly like to visit famous well-known places such as Nepal.
Kyrgyzstan must aim at a very special niche market; it is not suitable for
short leisure trip, but it is for people who are interested in culture,
history, ecology, or mountains of Central Asia, for people who want to see
something different. "It is assuredly not for everyone, if you are an
adventure type with a passion for the rugged outdoors, if you are pride of
yourself on intrepid tolerance, if you are appreciate or seek out places
untouched by 'development', Kyrgyzstan should be at the top of your list."
If tourism companies will focus on these
goals of eco-tourism it will bring a lot more profit in the long run,
because if the environment and local people get social and social benefits
from the tourism business, this will bring more benefits back to the tourism
market. For example cleaning the cities and environment will make Kyrgyzstan
look better, and this will attract more tourists to the area. These benefits
should spread all over the country, all the small villages that tours are
passing through should share in these benefits. Kyrgyzstan does not have a
good reputation for the security of its roads and cities. If the inhabitants
were taught that tourism will bring benefits for them, they may cease to
bother tourists, but instead help than and show their hospitality to them.
Locals attitude toward tourists is the forth
point in the list of factors mentioned at the beginning of this section.
From this list Kyrgyzstan can only get three "pluses", for its natural
beauty, cultural characteristics, and attitudes toward tourists. The rest of
points are "minuses" at present. These minuses are actually obstacles to the
development of tourism that I will examine in a later section.
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