Kazakh President visits Burabai, reviews tourism development

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev visited tourist attractions in Burabai July 11. He reviewed the development of the region’s tourism cluster and noted the importance of promoting Kazakh tourism potential.

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Nazarbayev said Borovoye Resort is an important tourism area and can be more popular with additional development. He also stressed that it is not the only place in Kazakhstan with the potential to increase tourism.

The head of state pointed to several zones that will be given special attention. These are Imantau, Bayanaul, Turkestan, Almaty region, Charyn Canyon, Alakol and the Caspian Sea coast.

“Turkestan is a unique place; we will build the city and develop it quickly. It has to be a good tourist centre. Approximately 1.5 million tourists visit Turkestan and with good infrastructure, this number can be doubled,” said Nazarbayev.

“The Almaty region’s ski resort needs improvements, there are ideas, projects and opportunities. Almaty has Charyn Canyon, we have to tell about its beauty. Charyn Canyon leaves a lasting impression for every visitor,” he added.

“There will be subsidies for tourism facilities. Tourists can be attracted by competitive prices. We have to attach importance to this economic sector,” he added.

Nazarbayev noted that the main task is to create recreational places inside the country where citizens can witness the beauty of Kazakhstan’s nature.

First Deputy Prime Minister Askar Mamin, Minister of Culture and Sport Arystanbek Mukhamediuly and Akim (Governor) of the Akmola region Malik Murzalin reported on plans on the implementation of the Tourist Kazakhstan programme and subsequent development of the Shchuchinsk-Borovoye resort zone.

The Promenade Burabai tourist site in the Shchuchinsk-Borovoye resort zone will include apartments, townhouses, business premises and a congress centre.

The Visit Centre tourism complex includes thematic museums, a 5D cinema and a display of the animals living in Burabai National Park and those brought from abroad. Visitors also can get detailed information about the regional flora and fauna.

The head of state was also briefed on new sports and tourist facilities to conduct training sessions, training camps and competitions in Shchuchinsk.

The national skiing base, in addition, includes a ski stadium, a shooting range, an indoor sports complex with a swimming pool and training halls, facilities for jumping from a ski jump and administrative buildings.

The President also stressed the importance of training specialists to upgrade tourism services. He called on regional leaders and potential investors to participate in developing Kazakh tourism.