Kazakhstan increased inbound tourism by 10% in 2018
Approximately 8.49 million people visited Kazakhstan in 2018, which is 10.2 percent more than in the previous year, said Kazakh Tourism national company chairman Rashid Kuzembayev.
Kazakhstan experienced 50% growth in tourism from the United Arab Emirates, 49% from India, 44% from Malaysia, 22% from Hong Kong, 16% from Poland, 15% growth from South Korea and 5.8% growth in tourism from the United States.
In his October 5 state-of-the-nation address, Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev tasked the government with developing a state program on tourism development.
Tourist areas prioritised for promotion include the lakes Alakol and Balkhash, the Almaty mountains, the resort zones of Bayanaul, Imantau-Shalkar and Shchuchinsk-Borovoe as well as the Mangystau and Turkestan regions.
The state program also provides for creating an ambassadorship program. Kazakh singer Dimash Kudaibergen is the national company’s first tourism ambassador and was recently joined by former cosmonauts Anatoly Artsebarsky, Yuri Baturin, Yuri Malenchenko and Talgat Mussabayev in promotional activities.
Additional Kazakh Tourism initiatives include producing the Tourist Map of Kazakhstan with the Kazakh Ministry of Culture and Sports and regional akimats (administrations), supporting Kazakh business participation in international tourism exhibitions and conducting expeditions across the country.
Source: The Astana Times