Tourist potential of central Asian countries
According to Turstat, Astana, Almaty, Tashkent and Bishkek joined the list of top 10 cities of the CIS for winter recreation. The analytical agency conducted a rating of popular routes of Russian tourists.
Most tourists choose the ski resorts of the CIS like Shymbulak in Kazakhstan, Karakol in Kyrgyzstan and Chimgan in Uzbekistan. The majority booked the Shymbulak health resort for winter in 2017-2018. According to Turstat, on average people stay in the resort from 7 to 10 days. In comparison with Shymbulak, the winter vacations cost cheaper in Uzbekistan’s Chimgan. Accommodation and meals of the Shymbulak resort amount to more than US$100 per day while a minimum daily cost at the Uzbek sanatorium is estimated at US$65.