TRAVEL 8 April 2021 3.5 million-year-old ‘Ballıca Cave’ will be the attraction center of Tokat tourism Posted By: administrator 0 Comment The 3.5-million-year-old Ballıca Cave, located in the Pazar district of Tokat, will be a center of attraction in tourism. The Middle Black Sea Development Agency (OKA) is adding a new one to its projects aimed at developing tourism in the Central Black Sea Region. OKA has supported 37 projects in Tokat in the field of tourism so far, contributing to the rise of the city’s tourism potential. With the “Rural Tourism Route Project from Akdağ’s Peak to Kazova”, it is aimed to increase the tourism activities in Ballıca Cave Nature Park. Ballıca Cave, which has a history of 3.5 million years and is located in Pazar district, which has a rich geography in terms of natural assets and dates back to ancient times, is known as one of the most beautiful examples of its counterparts in the world. Its natural formation of values and international scale Ballıca as an area of importance, was the only heritage area within the UNESCO World Heritage tentative list from Turkey in 2019. With a total budget of 13.3 million TL, a 6.3 million TL grant will be provided by OKA within the scope of Guided Project Support. Social facilities, camping area and rural restaurant are planned to be constructed in the project, of which Tokat Special Provincial Administration is the beneficiary. In addition, it is aimed that the Ballıca Cave will be included in the UNESCO World Heritage Noble List by organizing promotional activities for travel agencies and travel bloggers in order to promote agrotourism activities and to promote the tourism values of the district, as well as making the necessary preparations and application procedures. Infrastructure investments to be implemented within the scope of the project will support the revitalization of the district by transforming it into an open tourism center, increasing economic returns, and establishing a new rural development model in which local people can be included in the process. Social facilities for recreational use before and after the visit, a camping area consisting of single-storey house-type units that will make accommodation possible, a country restaurant for daily visitors will create alternative ways of earning to include the local people in the project. Thus, an environment of change and transformation will occur in the socioeconomic and cultural structure of the district, and will contribute to the solution of problems such as unemployment. The project also includes sustainable education activities, raising the awareness of the local people about tourism and carrying out simultaneous promotional activities.