Almaty. 28 July. Kazakhstan Today - Participants of the International Forum held in Almaty within the annual International Mountain Sports Festival gave their recommendations for the mountain tourism development - Kazakhstan Today reports.
When we have seen the beauty of your mountains and that Almaty's huge potential in the mountain tourism development, we got at once the idea of cooperation in several areas: for example, we want to sell tickets to our mountain resorts with the possibility of free visiting the Shymbulak resort and vice versa that will additionally attract tourists who come to us in your Almaty city. Natural content, altitude and proximity of the mountains to the city. Here the wonderful resorts will be, that will bring the city economy to a new level and allow to raise immensely the standard of living, will give a new impetus to the development of business in this field", A. Onoprishvili, one of the event speakers, emphasized.
Viktor Timakov, the St. Petersburg Freestyle Federation Vice President, has also expressed his opinion on Almaty development in mountain tourism being an economically sustainable city and the center of Asia.
10% of the population - that is 200 thousand people, will visit the resort five times a season, it makes already a million! And this is only the residents of Almaty agglomeration, apart from the rest of Kazakhstan. Therefore, there are no such initial conditions anywhere as you have, in my opinion, even worldwide. What is the total area of your mountains? This is one millionth of a percent. I would ask for the right informing the inhabitants about the need for tourism development, because this will increase the economy of the city and provide additional financial inflow, job creation. Will the Russian sportsmen come here? Definitely, yes. I myself with pleasure will come to you to ski. I have come here for the first time, but I knew about Shymbulak, my friends skied there. After looking at your mountains, I just fell in love with them", Timakov said.
According to Gunther Oberhauser, the General Director of Warth ski resort and Warth Holding GmbH tourist office from Austria, one of the rapid development factors is that Almaty is a very large metropolis.
He was supported by Joan Viladomat, the General Director of PGI Management, who noted that "Andorra is the smallest - the ninth country in the world, and Kazakhstan is the largest - the ninth country in the world." He also advised to focus on attracting tourists from India. "We have noticed there are a lot of Indians in Almaty, and even there they like skiing. They are 3.5 hours from Almaty, my advice is to emphasize this!" the guest encouraged.
In general, the forum was attended by speakers from 10 countries, including Spain, Germany, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine, China and Austria.
It shall be recalled: in the message to the people of Kazakhstan "Nurly Zhol - Way to the Future" dated November 11, 2014, the President of Kazakhstan drew attention to the need to develop the transport and logistics infrastructure in general and tourism infrastructure in particular.
A separate area is the tourism infrastructure. The possibility of creating more jobs is its main advantage. In this field one job creation costs 10 times cheaper than in the industry," the Head of state noted.
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