Astana, Kazakhstan, Nov.6
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend: Development of tourism in Kazakhstan will lead to creation of around 300,000 work places, the country's Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Industry and New Technologies Asset Issekeshev said at a briefing at the Central Communications Service under the President of Kazakhstan on Wednesday.
"Tourism can become one of those areas that will offer good employment, as well as impetus to the development of small and medium sized business. In particular, by 2020, tourism can give over 100,000 work places and with a multiplicative effect, this figure can even hit 300,000 new work places. This is an enormous figure," he said.
According to the minister, the issue of development of the tourism sector was reviewed in several directions.
"I talk about the creation of five large tourism centres namely clusters. The first would be near Astana which will cover the Burabay resort, Korgaldzhinsky Reserve and the nearby regions. The second would be near Almaty and Almaty province. The third is the Silk Road in southern Kazakhstan, the fourth in the East Kazakhstan province and the fifth, the development of beach tourism at Kinderli on the coast of the Caspian Sea," the minister said.
According to Issekeshev, running in parallel, there will be work carried out for the development of domestic tourism.
"We have many beautiful places and domestic tourism is also an issue for fostering patriotism," he said.
Meanwhile, the minister added that the development of tourism will require the settlement of a number of issues. This includes work with the aviation service, visa support and development of the transport infrastructure.