Zh.Kassymbek: Kazakhstan to introduce visa-free regime for 48 countries
Minister of Investments and Development Zhenis Kassymbek informed about development of domestic tourism sector at the brifieng dedicated to the results of work of the Ministry of Investments and Development of Kazakhstan for 8 months of the current year and tasks of the upcoming period.
According to him, the Concept of Tourism Industry Development for 2020 presently functions in Kazakhstan.
“Kazakhstan introduced visa-free regime for 20 economically developed countries, including Australia, Hungary, Italy, Monaco, Belgium, Spain, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Malaysia, the UAE, Singapore, Great Britain, the U.S., Finland, France, Switzerland, Japan and South Korea.
The Minister praised the growing number of guests from Russia, Turkey, Italy (after successful EXPO in Milan), Germany, the Netherlands, the U.S. and the Great Britain.
Zh.Kassymbek also revealed that Kazakhstan will launch visa-free regime for 48 countries – the OECD member states and 14 economically developed and political stable – starting from January 2017.
According to the Ministry’s press service, Kazakhstan has seen a 6% surge in domestic tourism in the first six months of 2016, compared to the analogous period of 2015. The Burabai resort, Almaty, Alakol and Bukhtarma are the most popular destination for tourists in Kazakhstan. 10 years ago Kazakhstan had only 871 hotels. Now it boasts over 2,440 comfortable hotels countrywide.
As Kazakhstan gears to host the International specialized exhibition EXPO 2017, it pays utmost attention to the development of tourist routes and improvement of transport infrastructure.
At the same time there is carried out active work on regulation of outbound tourism. The Ministry provided prompt transportation of Kazakhstani tourists from Turkey, Georgia (emergency cases).
As a systemic measure to address such situations, there was introduced a System to guarantee rights of Kazakhstan citizens’ through the organization of a separate fund, which will deal with transportation of tourists in cases of dishonest performance of duties by tour operators.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan