Mr. MacWard said that because of the high volume of traffic on roads skirting the north of the lake, his tours currently take in only the southern shores.
Locals say they are pleased with the commerce they hope the project will bring to the region.
“We have a great environment around the lake, with historic sites, thermal springs, mountains and forests,” said Omurbek Kydyrov, a resident of Kyzyl Tuu, a village near Lake Issyk-Kul. “[This] will attract more tourists [and] will increase employment opportunities for locals because [we] will serve the tourists.”
• Osborne reported from Berlin.
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