Kazakhstan tourism on track for more expansion

Published on : Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Kazakhstan tourismTourism is developing continuously and has become one of the fastest growing sectors of the world economy at the moment. In terms of business, tourism has even surpassed oil exports, food trade and the automobile industry.


According to the UNWTO, the tourism share constituted 10 percent of the global GDP and 7 percent ($1.5 billion) of global exports. The number of international tourists grew by 4.6 percent and reached 1.2 billion visitors. The average annual increase in tourists in the world is 3-4 percent. The demand of China and India for tourism products is on the increase.


Such trends reveal new opportunities for the development of the world tourism industry, including in Kazakhstan. The Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev announced two modernisations:


– Modernisation 3.0 aimed at diversifying the national economy, one of the main drivers of which is tourism;


– Modernisation of national identity aimed at strengthening Kazakhstan’s identity and adapting it to the modern world.


Both modernisations have affected the tourism development sector in Kazakhstan in a direct and positive way.


Considering Kazakhstan’s rich tourism and recreational possibilities, the concept envisages the diversification of various types of tourism which has lots of potential – cultural-cognitive, ecological and ethnographic, event, children’s, youth, medical, camping, caravanning, trophy hunting , sacral and sport (trekking).


In this regard, Kazakhstan will have a new tourism product –Kazakhstan’s Sacred Belt – a map of macro- and micro-sacral objects comprising 600 sacred monuments, some of which would be included in the list of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage.


Kazakhstan is exceptionally rich in wildlife for hunting. Hence, trophy hunting tourism will be directed to its growth, preservation and development, from which the country will receive investments for the conservation of nature and development of the regions.


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