North Kazakhstan region develops camping, caravan tourism

ASTANA – The North Kazakhstan regional government plans to develop camping and caravan tourism in the area, reports the regional akimat’s press service.

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Locations for caravannings have been found at the Turpan recreation centre near the Lake Shalkar. It is planned to equip the parking lot with utilities and a tent site.

“We should create favourable conditions for camping. A special zone with security should be here for vehicles. Tourists need various types of entertainment. An area for beach volleyball should be provided. The shore of the lake must be clean. We need to provide safety and security measures. We will be glad to welcome tourists here,” said North Kazakhstan region Akim (Governor) Kumar Aksakalov during his June 5 visit to the Imantau-Shalkar resort zone in the Aiyrtau district.

Thirteen summer houses accommodating 52 people are already available.

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The Shalkar Su, a local sanatorium, requires major repairs and is seeking investment.

Ten recreation centres will be constructed this year in the resort area. The total investment is 411 million tenge (US$1.2 million). Eleven land plots with an area of 65 hectares were granted to entrepreneurs. The houses, summer lodges, cafes, gazebos and shops will be built. It is planned to develop medical, hunting, fishing and sports tourism.

The construction of the Solnechnoe VIP recreation resort has been completed. Yachting and aeronautics services will also be provided there.

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Road infrastructure is important for tourism development. About 4 billion tenge (US$12 million) has been budgeted for highway repairs in the Aiyrtau district.

The district has 37 tourist facilities. Last year, the amount of investments for construction and repairs of recreation centres totalled 106 million tenge (US$319,527).

Overall, approximately 80,000 tourists visit the region every year. The authorities are also working to improve the infrastructure in Petropavlovsk. Entrance to all museums is free in the region. The Zaman Taspasy (Chronicles of Time) project was developed for visitors to get acquainted online with local historical monuments of the city.