Pilgrimage tours can become one of the most popular destinations in Atyrau region. A number of holy sites are located in the region. The most famous of them is Akmeshit neighborhood. Parents of St. Becket Ata are buried here and there is one of the mosques built by him. The road to it is not easy to reach the site which is almost 300 kilometers away from the regional center. The main part of the road is paved with asphalt but the last 65 kilometers has uneven terrain. But despite all the difficulties, tour operators say it is worth visiting

 

ROZA BEKENOVA, TOUR OPERATOR:

 

I think the tour route will be in demand among the region’s residents and Kazakhstan citizens who will wish to visit.

 

Irina TARABRINA, TOUR OPERATOR:

 

The region surprises with its flora and fauna, a combination of the chalk mountains, birds, and swans. There are lots of unusual birds you have never seen. It attracts foreign and local tourists.

 

Karlygash BEKBAEVA, CHIEF OF TOURISM DEPARTMENT:

 

Tour operators are now focused on the development of domestic tourism. Pilgrim tourism requests has recently become more popular among both foreign and Kazakhstani tourists.

 

Domestic tourism development gains momentum

 

Number of Kazakhstan citizens travelling around the country grows with each passing year. For example, Kazakhstanis purchased about 4 million travel vouchers for domestic destinations in 2014. Moreover, foreigners visit travel around Kazakhstan as well. More than 100,000 people from abroad visited Astana last year.

 

Erna KLAUS, CITIZEN OF GERMANY:

 

I have visited Kazakhstan for the fifth time. It is very beautiful. It wasn’t that attractive at the first time but now everything is blooming, beautiful, clean, we really like it here.

 

Malika OSSIPOVA, RESIDENT OF ASTANA:

 

There are many beautiful places in Kazakhstan. My family and I love to go for a vacation out of the city - in Borovoye, Zerenda or Chalkar. Many of our friends who have been in the south of Kazakhstan advised us to go there. They say it’s worth visiting, there are a lot of ancient monuments, and now we are also planning to go there. We want to visit Charyn Canyon, I would also like to see the Caspian Sea.

 

Customer safety is important in local tourism development. The experts have developed a new solution to do this. Tour operators will be obliged to provide customers with financial guarantees. Kazakhstanis will be insured in the travel, both abroad and within the country.

 

Inna RAY, DIRECTOR, KAZAKHSTANI ASSOCIATION OF TOUR OPERATORS:

 

This is a completely new tool which appears in the work of tourism companies. It is still under elaboration today. Tour operators will transfer a very small percentage of each voucher. This is a little more than 1000 tenge. The main task is quick and prompt return of the people in Kazakhstan. So that they are not left without accommodation, without transportation and food.

 

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