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Tourism sector to help beef up economy

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Tourism sector to help beef up economy

 Although, in the pre-war times Afghanistan had been one of the few international tourist destinations in South and Central Asia, but, unfortunately, more than three decades of civil wars have virtually pushed the country back into a conservative social order.

Fifty years ago, Afghanistan was annually the witness of tens of thousands of tourists from around the globe whom had enthusiastically come to Afghanistan to visit the touristic sites. 
In fact, tourism industry is yet at its toddling stage, the loving and hardworking people of Afghanistan are doing overtime to promote the industry.
Likewise, there are many other touristic, attractive and recreational sites which can reflect the history of Afghanistan and draw the attention of thousands of tourists to themselves annually.
Afghanistan’s tourism sector can enhance local livelihoods and promote revenues form communities near tourist sites and local governments. Afghanistan contains a number of cultural, natural and historical assets that can contribute to the country’s tourism sector. 
Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Urban Development (MRRD) has considerably paid attention to this society’s village value, as it has established a program under the title of ‘Village Industry Development’ with the financial and technical assistance of the different foreign resources and started practical works in Parwan, Nangarhar, Bamyan, Kandahar, Balkh and Herat provinces in the respect.
It is hoped that continuation and expansion of this program will also improve the villagers’ life condition. 
Furthermore, MRRD is decisive to supply village industries’ productions in the capital markets and export them to abroad in near future as well.
One of the most historical and touristic sites in Afghanistan was giant Buddha statues in Bamyan province which had been dynamited by the Taliban during their fanatic regime in March 2001. 
In 2015, Bamyan changed to the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Cultural Center—a move which can be undoubtedly imperative in growing cultural, economy and commercial sections of the province.
Another famous touristic site of the province is Band-e-Amir. It is situated at approximately 75 km to the north-west of the ancient city of Bamyan, Yakawlang district and is Afghanistan’s first national park. It is a series of six deep blue lakes separated by natural dams made of travertine, a mineral deposit. The lakes are situated in the Hindu Kush mountains of central Afghanistan at approximately 3,000m of elevation, west of the famous Buddhas of Bamyan.
We hope one day, peace and stability are maintained throughout the country, so the tourists can come to Afghanistan and freely visit any touristic sites they want. Karima Malikzada