The Government revealed the most attractive touristic destinations in Kazakhstan

The Government revealed the most attractive touristic destinations in Kazakhstan. Officials of the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports announced top 10 and top 50 travel destinations in the republic. According to the ministry officials, the list includes national nature parks, resort areas, natural water sources, ski centres, educational and medical clusters, as well as cultural and historical attractions in Kazakhstan.

ZHALGAS BALGOZHIN, HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, KAZAKH MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND SPORTS:

 - We attach great importance and priority to each project in the list of travel destinations. We have developed a tourism development map featuring top 10 projects of the national and Republican levels and top 50 projects of the local level. As part of the plan, the top 10 projects will be funded by the Republican budget with the involvement of the public and private partnership arrangements and the top 50 projects will be funded by the local budget.

According to the ministry officials, the top 10 priority projects include the shores of the Balkhash and Alakol lakes, Charyn canyon, the mountain cluster of Almaty region, ancient Turkistan, Ashchisor tourist zone, Shchuchinsk - Burabay resort area, Imantau-Shalkar and Bayanaul resort areas, as well as the Nomadic History Center. Meanwhile, the top 50 destinations are located in various regions of Kazakhstan including eight in the capital, Astana.

ZHALGAS BALGOZHIN, HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, KAZAKH MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND SPORTS:

 - Astana is positioned as the centre of congress tourism. Nonetheless, Astana is also a cultural capital of Kazakhstan. In general, part of all these facilities, included in the top 10 or top 50 is new facilities and destinations that will continue to grow. The other part of them is well known established destinations.

According to specialists, Kazakhstan is turning into a stable growth point on the worldwide tourist map. The country has a real opportunity to attract part of the international tourist flow. Kazakhstan’s ambitions in the tourism field are not groundless. The Republic is famous for its rich history, unique architectural attractions, health improvement resorts, as well as beautiful natural sites and ethnic tourism. Moreover, according to experts, medical tourism which is a specific type of tourism concept is gaining popularity. The evident testimony of the scientific and technological development in Kazakhstan places special focus on its development.

ZHALGAS BALGOZHIN, HEAD OF DEPARTMENT, KAZAKH MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND SPORTS:

 - Medical tourism is a new branch of tourism. As part of the upcoming forum to be held on November 9-10 in Petropavlosk city, we will demonstrate a separate section exclusively dedicated to medical tourism with the participation of our large medical centres and department of presidential affairs. A large exposition will be set up to demonstrate the medical cluster as a separate branch of an economy and as a separate branch of tourism.

Tourism should become one of the major drivers of the Kazakh economy in the upcoming five years. The share of tourism in Kazakhstan’s GDP is expected to grow by eight per cent by 2023. The Kazakh Government have undertaken a wide range of activities, such as the reconstruction of historical facilities, modernization of infrastructure, development of the network of routes, an opening of new facilities and improvement of the services sector.