Astana, Kazakhstan, May 14
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
Kazakhstan is looking into the possibility of canceling the visa regime for economically and politically stable countries, Nurlan Sauranbayev, the country's Deputy Minister of Industry and New Technologies told Trend.
Sauranbayev added that Kazakhstan's aim is to develop tourism in the country.
"The concept for development of tourism until 2020 has been submitted to the government. This document contains a list of necessary amendments to the regulatory framework. These amendments are about the cancellation of the visa regime for the citizens of economically and politically stable countries," he said.
The deputy minister pointed out that Kazakhstan has every opportunity to develop in the tourism sphere.
"The prospective rapidly growing markets - China, Russia, India and the Middle East - are close to us and they show interest in our country. We need only to open the borders, create more qualitative tourism products and to pursue a more intensive marketing policy," Sauranbayev said.
The deputy minister added that the conception also envisages the creation of special tourism zones, certificates, as well as conditions for the development of internal transport market.
"If we want to develop tourism, we need to review our approaches to this sphere. Tourism should be a priority sector of economy. It is time to take tourism out of the social sphere and the non-core assets category," he stressed.
Sauranbayev went on to add that international experts have defined five national tourism clusters and selected four national and over 20 regional projects in the concept. These projects include: Kok Zhailau mountain ski resort in Almaty (Capital Partners), Shchuchinsk-Borovsk resort area in Akmola province (Verny Capital ), Kenderli in Mangistau province (Rixos company) and others.
Kazakh deputy minister underscored that creation of one job in tourism costs 10 times less than in manufacturing, adding that the international tourism first of all provides youth and women with job.
Edited by C.N.