Kazakhstan is interested in sustainable development of its tourism industry. In addition to adopting the concept, developing new routes and conducting presentations, the country is actively engaged in international promotion of its tourism industry. The Swiss Cantone Ticino and the Almaty region signed a memorandum of cooperation. Skiing and mountain recreation are well developed in this European region. The Shymbulak resort attracts tourists with the active recreation in the Almaty. Cantone Ticino is a valuable strategic partner. Switzerland leads the Global Innovation Index rankings for the seventh consecutive year.

AMANDYK BATALOV, GOVERNOR, ALMATY REGION:

- They also have something to learn from us and to look for. They are very interested and they have proposed to conclude a memorandum with the Almaty region. I think in the future, the outcome will be good from the mutually beneficial cooperation and the exchange of businessmen.

China is ready to share its experience with Kazakhstan in the development of tourism, too. Moreover, China intends to actively cooperate with the Kazakh air and tourism companies. Delegates from Hainan Province announced this at the presentation of the achievements in the Chinese pavilion. Chinese delegates reported on their methods of attracting foreign investment and highlighted that more than US$3 billion has been invested in Hainan over the past three years. Most of these funds are directed specifically to tourism.

LI ZHIJIE, CHINA COUNCIL FOR PROMOTION OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE:

- Hainan is 100% ready to open a tourism market for Kazakhstan. We invite you to visit our province. This year, the tourism industry has profited US$322 million of foreign exchange income. More than 360, 000 foreign tourists visited us and over 139, 000 of them are residents of Russian-speaking countries, including Kazakhstan.

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