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Speakers underline tourism promotion in Bamiyan

Bamiyan, July 31, 2007 (Pajhwok Afghan News): The need for tourism promotion, facilities for foreign vacationers and preservation of historical sites was spotlighted at a three-day workshop that concluded in the central Bamiyan province on Tuesday.

Representatives from the ministries of information and culture, energy and water and public works as well as local officials participated in the workshop, organised by the provincial government.

Speakers floated a number of suggestions to the central government as to how it could spur the tourism industry in the province with great cultural heritage and historical opulence. They underlined improved security, construction of modern hotels and roads to attract more tourists to the scenic region.

Power supply to important places and the provision of basic civic amenities were essential to tourism promotion in Bamiyan, believed the participants, who said a large number of foreigners visited the province every year.

Ghulam Nabi Farahi, deputy minister for information, culture and youth affairs, told Pajhwok Afghan News they would not spare any effort at preserving the historical sites. "It is the duty of the ministry to work for the promotion of tourism and protection of historical monuments."

Buddha statuses, Band-i-Amir Lake, the ancient Ghulghula city and other fascinating historical sites are a major draw for Afghan and foreign vacationers.

Also on Tuesday, the foundation stone of a government guesthouse was laid in Maimana, capital of the northern Faryab province. Maimana Mayor Abdul Rashid said the guesthouse, to be built at the cost of $750,000, would have a capacity for 1500 people.