In Ukimet Uyi, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Bakytzhan Sagintayev held a meeting on the development of the tourism industry in the country.

During the meeting, drafts of the State Program for the Development of Domestic and Inbound Tourism for 2019-2025, the industry draft law and the country tourism brand of Kazakhstan were presented.

In addition, the meeting participants discussed the master plans for the development of the Top 10 destinations of the National map of the country's touristization.

In his Address of January 10, 2018, the President of Kazakhstan N. Nazarbayev called the development of inbound and domestic tourism one of the promising sources for any region, creating every tenth job in the world. In this regard, the Head of State instructed the Government to take a set of measures for the development of the industry, including the simplification of visa procedures, infrastructure development and the removal of barriers.

As Minister of Culture and Sport A. Mukhamediuly noted in his report, the 10 key measures for the development of tourism proposed in the draft state program will give 80% of the effect to achieve the targets. Among them are the identification of priority tourist areas, concessional lending, state support for SME projects in tourism, marketing and promotion, improvement of visa and migration policies, modernization of border crossing points, liberalization of airspace, the introduction of a new model for managing national parks and other measures to stimulate tourism.

The corresponding draft law developed in parallel and presented during the meeting is intended to create the necessary legal basis for the implementation of the tasks set.

A package of specific proposals was also presented by representatives of the country’s tourism business. The head of the Association of the tourism cluster of Almaty region D. Kydyrbayev spoke about the prospects for the development of the ski cluster. The head of the Hunters’ Society of Kazakhstan K. Dzhumaliyev made proposals regarding his field. Deputy Director General of Airport Management Group LLP A. Muratbayev spoke about the advantages of airspace liberalization.

The Ministers of National Economy – T. Suleimenov, Finance – A. Smailov, Labor and Social Protection of Population – M. Abylkassymova also took part in the discussion via video conferencing.

Following the meeting, Bakytzhan Sagintayev instructed the Ministry of Culture and Sport, together with the government agencies concerned, to finalize the draft taking into account the suggestions made and submit it to the Government for consideration.

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Published: 31 October 2018

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