Kazakhstan Attracts Foreign Tourists
Kazakhstan is developing eco and ethno-tourism which will enable tourists to visit the untouched corners of nature, to live in a yurt, to make a horse trekking or to participate in hunting with eagles and hunting dogs, tazy.
There are also opportunities to experience the lifestyle of a nomad and immerse into authentic atmosphere of nomads of the past. Foreign visitors have shown keen interest in the activities.
Nearly 8.5 million tourists visited the country in 2018. This is 10 percent higher than last year. Most of the travelers arrive from Russia, Germany, France, Poland, Malaysia, South Korea and India.
“Those countries with which we have either a visa-free program or direct flights, all of them are somehow interested in Kazakhstan, especially after such a large-scale campaign to promote Kazakhstan within the Astana EXPO 2017,” said Deputy Chairperson of National Tourism Company, Kairat Sadvakasov.
In the end of May, the state program for tourism development was adopted. This program provides a solution for several tasks both in terms of infrastructure as well as promotion and development of tourism in national park.
In addition, this year direct flights to India and Azerbaijan will be launched. Work is continued to launch flights to the United States and Japan.
Experts said that this will also contribute to the influx of tourists. Kazakhstan, being a center of the region, is a point of attraction of business people and travelers.
The Great Silk Road is of special interest. There are a lot of monuments on the territory of Southern Kazakhstan. Many of the monuments are included in the UNESCO World Heritage list.
The tourists are attracted by the opportunity of walking in the footsteps of the ancient caravan routes and witnessing various cultural and architectural sites.
Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan intend to introduce a joint Silk Road visa in order to deepen integration processes and increase the tourism potential. Other states in the region are also interested in this project, particularly, Tajikistan.