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Astana, Kazakhstan • 17 February 2023

Kazakhstan Vows to Enter WEF Top 50 List for Tourism by 2030

The Government reviews a new draft concept for the development of tourism

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Kazakhstan aims to become one of the top 50 countries in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) travel and tourism development index by 2030, QazMonitor reports.

In a meeting chaired by Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov, state authorities discussed the draft concepts for the development of culture and sports as well as the tourism industry for 2023–2029.

"As a result of all the measures by 2030, the government is planning to increase the number of domestic tourists to 11 million people, foreign tourists up to 4 million people, and employment up to 800 thousand people as well as get Kazakhstan into the top 50 countries list according to the WEF rating on tourism development,” the prime minister’s press service reported.

To develop the tourism industry, measures will be taken to modernize infrastructure in 10 major tourist destinations, improve the quality of service, and promote the tourism potential of the country in the international arena.

"We are planning to build and reconstruct roads to resort areas of Balkhash, Kapshagay, Alakol, and Bayanaul, cover 100% of resort areas with mobile communication, build necessary engineering networks in the Schuchinsk-Borovsk resort area, and build additional water-rescue stations near bodies of water,” the report said.

“In addition, work will be done to open new air routes, digitalize tourist services, and improve standards in the hotel business and other sectors of the industry.”

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