Tourism Development in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan has ambitious plans in developing its tourism sector. The Kazakh government is set to push tourism development to grow the number of tourists from the current 7 million to 15 million people per year by boosting investment to 2 trillion tenge in the next seven years. Regional officials are all working to implement tourism programs in a variety of regions.
In Kyzylorda region, the focus is put on three projects, aimed to increase visitors of the Baikonur airspace station, guests of the local health improvement resort and a recreation center with a new beach.
‘The number of tourists is increasing. We are also planning to develop winter tourism,’ Aldabergen Issayev, head of the local agriculture union told Kazakh TV.
Governor of Aral district Mukhtar Orazbayev hopes to establish a logistics center here. Western Europe – Western China international transit corridor and the Sekseul-Zhezkazgan railway link go through the district and can create a number of advantages for tourism developments.
Construction of a large-scale tourist facility was launched on the shore of the Caspian Sea. An investment project worth 57 billion tenge will be commissioned by 2020 in Aktau. The project is expected to include a water park, sports pitches and a congress hall.
‘We laid the capsule of a tourist facility which will have the area of about 2.2 million square meters, and is located about 20 kilometers away from Aktau. The construction will be completed in five stages. We will construct a hotel with 500 rooms including 40 luxurious suites and 60 bungalows. Other facilities include a water park and playgrounds, including a golf pitch. A large lagoon with heated water will also be constructed here,’ Huseyin Selcuk Eelken, chief project coordinator told Kazakh TV.
1.5 million travelers are expected to visit Eastern Kazakhstan this year. Tourists are mostly attracted to the Buktyrma Water Reservoir. Local residents are proposing to turn the locality into a resort area. Entrepreneurs believe that the official status will allow attracting investments in the region. There are more than 120 recreational facilities in Altai district. Over the past 5 years, 42 new facilities have been constructed and four more are being built in the area.