Kazakhstan’s tourist potential was presented in the Baltic States

Kazakhstan’s tourist potential was presented in the Baltic States. This time, tour companies presented Almaty, a city with a thousand-year history, various sights, ski resorts and numerous museums. Politicians and businessmen of the two countries discussed not only development of tourism opportunities, but also prospects of building trade, economic and cultural relations.

SAGYNBEK BEKMAGAMBETOV, SPOKESPERSON, TOURISM DEPARTMENT OF ALMATY:

 - Yesterday we heard from colleagues that in nine years they have increased the tourist flow to two million people. This is a big indicator. We might take our colleagues’ experience. We will cooperate in this area.

IGOR PUNTUS, HEAD, COUNCIL OF BALTIC-KAZAKHSTAN ASSOCIATION:

 - This will undoubtedly help business and tourism. A few weeks ago, a Kazakh deputy foreign minister arrived to visit us. As I understand, he has a goal of attracting start-ups and businesses. We had a very productive conversation.

The Almaty region has now become more affordable and attractive for Latvian tourists. Almaty and Riga were connected by direct flights, which immediately gained great popularity among residents of the two countries. More than 2,000 passengers have already used services of the new flight, and more than 11,000 tickets have been booked by the end of the summer.

SVETLANA ABASHKINA, SPOKESPERSON, AIR COMPANY:

- We are happy with the demand both from Kazakhstan and Latvia. Of course, many people choose Riga as a transit point. People fly from Europe, Russia and Scandinavia to Kazakhstan. After the first month, we decided that we will continue to fly during the summer navigation season of 2019 with the same frequency, three times a week.

The parties agreed on a return visit of the Latvian delegation to Almaty. The trip will allow not only to get acquainted with the city’s tourist opportunities, but also to present the potential of Riga in this area.