New hotels open on Turkmenistan’s Caspian coast

Turkmenistan is developing the Avaza tourist zone on the Caspian Sea coast, which tourism promoters assert will become a destination for tourists worldwide. Three hotels opened there on Oct. 11 in the first phase of the project.

Nazar Dovletli

2009-10-31

TURKMENISTAN — The Avaza national tourist resort on Turkmenistan’s Caspian Sea coast gained three new hotels on Oct. 11. The Kuvvat, Kerven and Nebitchi hotels were built by Turkish companies.

The hotels boast excellent amenities. Guest can enjoy restaurants and cafes, movie and concert halls, indoor pools and health clubs, all adjacent to beaches and outdoor pools.

The next phase for the Avaza tourism zone involving German, South Korean, Turkish and Saudi Arabian firms was unveiled the day the first three hotels opened. The project includes a horse race track, a golf course, a water park, an auto race track, a boating course on a man-made river, a casino complex and parks.

President Berdymukhamedov said at the opening of the hotels that an entire complex of upscale hotels would be built on Turkmenistan’s pristine Caspian Sea coast in the next two to three years, where hundreds of thousands of tourists from around the world can vacation in comfort. The president did not mention the issue of visa requirements for foreign tourists, without which the project is unlikely to be a success.

Turkmenistan has not signed agreements to develop tourism with Russia and Central Asian countries, and thus far tourists outside the former Soviet Union are not rushing to visit the sultry Turkmen paradise.

In the interim, to fill the hotels, the management is trying to make the services affordable for locals. For example, they will allow a family of four or more to occupy a room with a double bed for US$100. Even so, many Turkmen citizens will be unable to afford holidays in the Avaza region.

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