ASTANA – The Astana EXPO 2017 National Company and the Akmola Department for Tourism recently presented a new tour, “Burabai – Pearl of Kazakhstan,” which covers the Shchuchinsk-Borovoe resort area, to tourist operators from Astana, Almaty, and the Akmola, Pavlodar and North Kazakhstan regions, reported the public relations department of the company.
The purpose of the project is to establish joint tourist packages to help g
uests and visitors to EXPO 2017 fully enjoy the picturesque landscapes and cultural and historical sites of Kazakhstan.
After the tour project presentation, several agreements between the representatives of 30 leading holiday resort facilities in Burabai and regional tour operators were concluded. The agreements concern a reception and guest services for expo participants who will come to Burabai resorts. The tour operators have prepared about 300 recreation facilities, including hotels, health centres and guesthouses.
To date, 73 tourist routes for foreign visitors covering all regions of Kazakhstan have been approved. A complete list of available tours can be found on the travel.expo2017astana.com website.
Last September, the Astana EXPO 2017 National Company announced its plans to conduct info-tours around Kazakhstan for foreign travel companies to promote sustainable tourism in the country. It was expected to gather around 100 foreign tourism companies representing Western Europe, the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Australia to the event. Some travel agencies from Germany, France, Italy and the U.K. are also organising tours to Kazakhstan for the coming exhibition.
After all the tours are over, an international conference on tourism is planned to be held Sept. 12. By the end of the event, it will be proposed to the participating travel agencies that they become official EXPO 2017 tour operators, which will allow them to sell tour packages to the expo.
Kazakhstan is expecting about 300,000 foreign guests to visit the country in 2017 to attend the expo. It is expected that each foreign visitor to the expo will stay in the country for approximately four days and during the stay will spend about $1,500.
The EXPO 2017 international exposition will be held in Astana from June 10 to Sept. 10 in 2017. One hundred countries have signed on to participate so far, as well as at least 10 international organisations and 10 companies that are leaders in the sphere of innovative technologies. In general, the event is expected to be visited by more than 2 million people.