The city of Almaty actively develops tourism, benefiting 33 tourism-related spheres, making tourism integral in the economy of Kazakhstan, Visit Almaty informs.
It includes the improvement of the mountain cluster, accommodation, public transport, catering, promoting the city's tourism carrying capacity internationally.
50% of all foreign tourists traveling to Kazakhstan have visited the city of Almaty, which, according to a study, was due to the tourism development measures, including a 72-hour visa-free regime for citizens of China and India who transit through the international airport of Almaty.
Owing to measures, 10.5 thousand Chinese people and 2.5 Indians have visited Almaty since April 2018. The city's accommodation facilities can welcome 18 380 guests, with a 21% rise compared to last year," says the report.
64 pointers have been installed along the mountainous hiking paths, making it much easier for tourists to navigate, as well as 10 out 15 mountainous routes have been marked.
39 tour operators registered in TripAdvisor provide 90 tours for those visiting Almaty.
The Shymbulak ski resort ranks 1st on the ranking list of the most popular CIS resorts for active rest in mountains.
As of today, the awareness of domestic and foreign tourists counts among the focuses of the Tourism and External Relations Department of Almaty, and is the biggest development challenge facing tourism," they said in the Information-Tourist Centre.
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