Moscow will host a CIS Council of Tourism meeting on March 14, the CIS Executive Committee said.
The meeting will review questions of implementation of a plan on the 20th anniversary of the CIS and an action plan in the sphere of humanitarian cooperation for 2011-2012s.
Participants will also discuss proposals to a draft action plan to implement the CIS International Youth Cooperation Strategy for 2012-2013s. These proposals aim to develop youth cultural tourism, including the “Treasures of CIS National Museums” exhibition project.
The countries proposed to develop cross-border tourist routes through the CIS on the basis of the UNESCO World Heritage List.
The meeting will also revise the organization of a press tour for media representatives to the Azerbaijani regions.
Moscow will also host the First International Conference on Cooperation on March 15.
Deputy Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Toktasyn Buzubayev will attend the event.
As known, 2011 was declared the CIS Year of Historical and Cultural Heritage. It will be marked by historical conferences and musical and theater festivals.
The Belarus city of Gomel received the certificate “CIS Cultural Capital in 2011” in February. The Russian city of Ulyanovsk will receive the same status in March.
Today, tourism is regarded not only as a factor in economic growth, but also as an important social phenomenon, promoting mutual understanding between CIS peoples.
The Tourist Council was established in 1994. It is composed of representatives of Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine and Armenia. The Council is engaged in formulating a common strategy for tourism development in the CIS.