Lake Alakol infrastructure developments make resort more attractive to tourists

NUR-SULTAN – Improved Lake Alakol resort housing, car and train accessibility and police will make the resort more attractive to tourists.

Photo credit: Aquarida Tour.

“Therefore, there will be the Keruen Plaza tourist complex, Sanatorium Chaika medical and health complex and Kunshygys-Alakul entertainment complex. Kunshygys-Alakul was designed with an open-air stage and dance floor. A similar project was implemented in Jurmala,” said an East Kazakhstan Region Akimat (regional administration) press statement.

The three complexes are only a part of the Alakol infrastructural development and investors spoke about the resort construction plans.

“The total construction area is 4,800 square metres. The project cost is approximately $4.5 million. There are 48 rooms that are planned for construction. One hundred and fifty clients will rest at the simultaneous settlement. The long-term problem with the condition of the Taldykorgan-Ust-Kamenogorsk highway is also being solved. It is through it that tourists get to Alakol. Currently, it’s more of an obstacle course than a highway, drivers share,” Dulat Assylbekov, Dega company director told Khabar 24. Dega company is one of the investors in the project.

Other Alakol accessibility aspects are also being dealt with, with the Kalbatau-Maikapshagai highway being repaired to attract tourists from China.

“On this site at the Kalbatau village, a 120-kilometre highway was completed. The work, of course, still has to be carried out, but driving through it will be possible this summer. At the same time, the Kalbatau-Maikapshagai 135-kilometre highway is being repaired. This will reduce the distance between the two countries – Kazakhstan and China – and increase the international traffic,” Ulan Alipov, KazAvtoZhol director, said to Khabar 24.

Two additional trains (Oskemen One-Dostyk and Semey-Dostyk) passing Alakol resort will be launched June 1, reported Tengrinews. Both will operate through the summer.

Visitor safety will be addressed with a special five-member tourist police unit initiated May 14, reported Informburo. Officers fluent in Chinese, English, Kazakh and Russian will guard Akshi tourist town, helping both local and foreign guests.

“We were selected on a competitive basis. I used to work abroad, in the United States. He (a colleague) took additional English courses. For us, the main thing in our work is the polite treatment of citizens so that they feel completely comfortable,” said tourist police inspector Temirlan Omarkulov.

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