Turgai geoglyphs to organize international forum on pilgrim tourism next year

Published on : Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Kazakh pilgrim tourismIn order to promote Kazakh pilgrim tourism, an international forum is in the pipeline along with popularizing sacred places for the impending year near the Turgai geoglyphs, explained Roza Goryannaya, the deputy head of Kostanai regional department of entrepreneurship and industrial-innovative development.

To quote Roza, “at the Kostanai Invest 2017 Regional Investment Forum held in September, the Ministry of Culture and Sports supported our initiative to hold the forum on the territory of the Turgai geoglyphs.”

Relevant agencies chalked out a master plan for this year to promote tourism through 2022 aiming on the promising areas of the region in terms of trophy-hunting and health, cultural and social. All of the events are designed to raise tourist number and investment in the region.

“Its implementation implies the allocation of financial resources from the national budget for the construction of an appropriate infrastructure that provides for the preservation of geoglyphs (fencing, observation platforms, etc.),” she added.

Askar Batalov, Vice Minister of Culture and Sports enthused on developing cultural and educational tourism. He especially focused on the requirement to make the Turgai geoglyphs part of a tourism investment project.

“It can be a large-scale international festival that will attract many tourists to the region,” he said, adding it should be connected with the country’s sacred places.

Dmitriy Dey, the historian-researcher in 2007 discovered the Turgai geoglyphs, which generated inclination among foreign archaeologists, scientists and the mass media. In the past ten years, Dey and team of archaeologists and scientists covered almost 14 expeditions and discovered 344 geoglyphs, or large elements produced on the ground.

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