“This year, our city was chosen as the cultural centre of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), and we have lots of things to say to Almaty’s guests that we can be truly proud of. Every street is unique because it bears the name of a prominent figure or an important historic event. Yet, we do not always remember these things; some people aren’t even aware of the lack of knowledge, let alone the history,” head of Almaty city’s youth policy department Sanzhar Bokayev said.
The project is also aimed at further developing tourism. Organisers note that the “People’s Guide” project is a training activity for students of tourism before the upcoming Universiade2017 and EXPO2017.
This month, Almaty university students have been preparing for the launch of the project by collecting information about city sites and places and organising what they have found in a manner that patrons of the city transit networks can consume and find interesting and relevant. The main task of these on-board tour guides will be giving short, informative briefs on historic places to passengers as they pass by them.