Kazakhstan-Russia to develop bilateral tourism
Nov 16, 2018 8:52 am
Border-crossing procedures more comfortable.
The tourism Kazakhstan-Russia will attract up to 13 million visitors and create more than 60,000 jobs, said Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the 15th forum on Kazakhstan-Russia interregional cooperation in Petropavlovsk.
Approximately 70 bilateral documents were signed at the event. The countries agreed to strengthen tourism, transport and logistics infrastructure coordination; develop road and railway transportation; study tourism opportunities; provide comfortable border control; improve border-crossing infrastructure and simplify the visa regime with Caspian countries.
According to the United Nations World Tourism Organisation, 1.8 billion people will visit popular resorts and cities and historical and cultural monuments by 2030.
“Kazakhstan and Russia need to use the opportunities. We need to take systematic measures to develop bilateral tourism. It is important to use the geographical proximity between our countries, China and India, which have high growth rates in tourism,” he added.
Approximately 1.7 million Russian tourists visited Kazakhstan in 2017. This year, the figure has increased by 2.3-2.4 percent.
“We expect that this indicator will reach two million people as a result of the interaction of our countries in the field of tourism,” said Kazakh Tourism deputy chairperson Timur Duissengaliyev.
The most visited sites include the Shalkar-Imantau and Shchuchinsk-Borovoye resort zones in North Kazakhstan and Akmola regions respectively, and Alakol, Balkhash and Zhasybai lakes.
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