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Turkmenistan: New Tourism Center Opens In Mountains

Ashgabat, 23 September 1996 (RFE/RL) -- Turkmenistan has set up an international center for what it calls "mountain tourism and rest."

The center was set up in the mountains not far from Ashgabat. Turkmenistan is in the midst of an international festival on "silk road tourism" sponsored by the state-run tourism company, Turkmensiyahat.

Itar-Tass news agency notes today that tourism is considered a priority sector of Turkmenistan's economy, and that a great deal of attention is focused on tourism related to the ancient "silk road."