17 February 2021
With the investments made in the 3 thousand-year-old Phrygian Valley with its extensions in the Ihsaniye district, under the leadership of the Afyonkarahisar Governorship, 1 million tourists are expected to the region in 2021.
A project-based investment of over 10 million lira was made to the new tourism destination created in the villages of Döğer, Ayazini, Demirli and Bayramaliler, a district of Phrygia, with a 506-kilometer walking path and historical heritage from the budgets of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Ministry of Environment and Urbanization and the Governorship of Afyonkarahisar.
With the “Ayazini Tourism Village”, “Emre Lake and the Phrygian Civilization Garden Project”, where construction works are continuing rapidly, hot air balloon flights are expected to become operational in the spring, with a high level of tourism activity in the region.
Phrygia, where 3 thousand years old historical settlements, carved rock tombs, fairy chimneys, churches, chapels, monumental monuments and activities in Emre Lake continue to be the center of attention of many local and foreign tourists.
İhsaniye District Governor Semih Doğanoğlu said that, within the scope of the investments initiated under the leadership of Afyonkarahisar Governor Gökmen Çiçek, serious studies for the tourism infrastructure of Phrygia are continuing rapidly.
Reminding that approximately 250 thousand tourists came to Phrygia in 2020 and in the previous years, Doğanoğlu said: “With new investments in the region, we aim to host 1 million local and foreign tourists in our historical Phrygian Valley in our new tourism destination at the end of 2021. We carry out our planning in this way. I hope that the number we have in our hearts is much higher than this figure. Investments made in the region are at a level that can accommodate guests above these numbers.
Doğanoğlu explained that the people of the settlements in the Phrygian region also support tourism activities and continue their preparations to contribute to the mobility to be experienced on the route.
Murat Acar from the village of Ayazini stated that the investments made for the new tourism destination in Phrygia both opened the horizons of the people of the region and added vitality to the tourism dynamism as their hidden history came to light. Field Guide Hasan Özpınar, on the other hand, stated that tourists from Russia, Ukraine and Turkic Republics started to flock to Phrygia, which they were curious about, as of the first weeks of 2021, “Restoration work continues rapidly with new projects in the region. Hopefully, in the future, Phrygia will reach more than millions of visitors.” .
Russian tourist Elena bringing Vorontsova as they toured the region of Turkey that today for the first time Phrygia came and history that he was ’tissues fans, “some friends round our bus,’ Phrygia, better than Cappadocia ‘he made comments. We Phrygia’ “We liked it very much and we were astonished. Today we are in Ayazini village, this place is really beautiful. Besides, the people are very warm and hospitable.”