More than One Million Visitors Visited Almaty Every Year

Tourism potential in Almaty continues to attract travelers from around the world. More than one million visitors visited the region every year. One of the most attractive tourist destinations is the mountains, which is visited by nearly 500,000 tourists every year.

Experts forecasted that the number of visitors would increase to 2.5 million in five years. Government of Kazakhstan has set the task to increase the tourist numbers under its state program for tourism industry development by 2025.

Mountain trails that are popular among tourists are being improved. Signs, information stands, arbors and benches are installed along the tracks. Recently, the country has opened its first mountain tourism development project office in Almaty.

“The task of the project office is to create a team that is responsible for the introduction and implementation of all the regulations of the state program in this area. The goal is looked at from the point of view of investment attractions, public-private partnership projects and creation of a base to form personnel in tourism as well as standards and service quality in the industry,” said Deputy Chairperson of Kazakh Tourism National Company, Timur Duisengaliyev.

The project office is also responsible for the simplification of visa issuance to foreign tourists as well as the reduction of time for the approval of visa. It also provides support and assistance to the implementation of tourism-related projects as well as searching and attracting investors.

Experts said that similar projects will be implemented in other tourist destinations in Kazakhstan, such as Burabai, Bayanaul, the Imantau-Shalkar resort area, Alakol and Balkhash lakes, Turkistan, Mangystau, Baikonur and Nur-Sultan.