Kazakhstan to Chair CIS Council of Tourism in 2015

CISASTANA – Kazakhstan will chair the Council of Tourism in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) in 2015, according to the press service of the Committee for Tourism Industry of the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies of Kazakhstan.

On March 14, an international economic forum, CIS and New Formats of Cooperation, was held in Moscow. Within the forum, a meeting of the Council of Tourism of CIS member states took place. Belarus was elected chair of the Council of Tourism for 2014 and 2014 was declared the Year of Tourism in the CIS countries.

“In 2015, Kazakhstan will chair the Council of Tourism of the CIS. The Kazakhstan side included 20 points in the action plan for the Year of Tourism. Virtually all regions of the country supported the initiative and presented their activities,” said Marat Igali, chairman of the Committee for Tourism Industry.

The Council of Tourism of the CIS member states was established in 1994. It is composed of representatives of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. The council focuses on developing a unified strategy for tourism development in the CIS countries and coordinating implementation of the tourism policy.

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