Need for serious efforts to promote tourism in Kazakhstan

  • Business
  • Monday, 03 Nov 2003

TOURISM is a sector in Kazakhstan that is virtually untapped, according to Patrick O’Mara of NationsEnergy. 

O’Mara said that he felt the need for serious efforts to promote tourism because in every part of Kazakhstan there is essentially an interesting landmark, be it a medieval architectural landmark, a tomb, or a mosque.  

The Investor’s Guide said there were plans to restore the historic centres of the Silk Road and construct several tourist complexes. The Baikonour Space Centre is also located in Kazakhstan.  

Kazakhstan has a population of 14.8 million, where 38 dialects are spoken and home to 100 nationalities, and Almaty is said to be most populated with over one million people. 

One place you should not miss when in Almaty is the ski slopes. Everyone talks about them and the view is spectacular. What I found rather interesting on the drive up was the many blushing brides and anxious grooms who made it a point to toast a drink and be pictured with snow-capped mountains in the background despite cold temperatures. 

Bilateral trade between Ka- zakhstan and Malaysia last year was US$12.8mil. Exports from Kazakhstan to Malaysia totalled US$2.6mil while imports from Malaysia US$10.1mil. 

The main exports from Kazakhstan are products of the chemical industry, flat-rolled metal products and cast iron in blanks. Imports from Malaysia are centred around automated refining equipment, margarine products, furniture and its components, and natural rubber resin. 

Dr Valerj A. Zhandauletov, consultant and chief of Almaty press-services from the president’s office, cited areas of further cooperation in metallurgy, chemical industry, mineral resource and agricultural industries. 

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