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"Nurlyzhol" increases the tourist potential of Kazakhstan - the Chinese expert

The development of the transport infrastructure of Kazakhstan within the framework of the "Nurlyzhol" program will contribute to the development of domestic and inbound tourism in the country. This was announced at the 2nd Kazakhstan-China Tourist Forum by the director of the China Institute of Tourist Researches Dai Bin, the resident correspondent of INA “Kazinform” in China reports. "Volatility in the tourist markets of our countries depends on the development of the corresponding infrastructure, the visa issue, the service sector. Tourism is also a kind of a major traffic junction that links two strategies – “Nurlyzhol” of Kazakhstan and ”One Belt, One Way” of China as well as the hearts of the peoples of the two countries”, he said. The Speaker reminded that Chairman of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping put forward the initiative to form the "Economic belt of the Silk Road", in 2014 the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev initiated the launch of the new economic policy "Nurlyzhol". Joining these two strategies began in 2016. "Today, we see that due to the strengthening of political mutual trust, the staging of railroad trains along the route "Lianyungang-Almaty" has started. The construction of the transnational highway "Western Europe - Western China" is being completed, the special economic zone "Khorgos - Eastern Gate" is developing. The heads of our countries announced 2017 as the year of China's tourism in Kazakhstan. "The tourism sector can give a new impetus to our common path," he said. According to him, in January-April this year 73 thousand Kazakhstani tourists visited China. The growth was 16.6%, compared to the same period last year. "For the entire 2016, the number of Kazakhstani tourists in China was only 225 thousand people - a decrease of 6.7%. In 2016, the number of Chinese tourists entering Kazakhstan, increased by 3.4%, reaching 250,790 people. In the first four months of this year, this indicator decreased by about 10%. At the same time, we see that in the first four months of 2017, trade between China and Kazakhstan increased by 30%. Therefore, we can conclude that, in comparison with the political, investment and trade and economic spheres, the level of cooperation in the field of tourism is relatively low," said Dai Bin. He stressed the importance of developing of transport infrastructure to enhance the tourism potential of the country. "In 2016 over 3.2 thousand km of the roadway were reconstructed in Kazakhstan. The Asian Bank of Infrastructure Investments, the Silk Road Fund and other financial institutions intend to invest in the development of Kazakhstan's roads. The availability of high-quality roads, which is one of the tasks of “Nurlyzhol”, will stimulate domestic and incoming tourism, when people on buses or their own cars will travel more around the country," the expert said. According to him, the cooperation of Kazakhstan and China in the sphere of tourism is at the starting stage. "Kazakhstan needs to develop its own recognizable tourist brands for China. For example, recognizable in the world brands of China are the Great Wall of China, panda and others. Chinese tourists now have only general ideas about Kazakhstan," Dai Bin stressed. He added that the Kazakh singer Dimash Kudaibergenov also made a contribution to the strengthening of mutual understanding and mutual interest of the peoples of Kazakhstan and China taking part in the Singer-2017 project on the Hunan TV of the PRC. Recall, the 2nd Kazakhstan-China Tourist Forum was held in Beijing on June 5, 2017. It was attended by over 60 representatives of leading tourism operators in Kazakhstan, as well as more than 300 Chinese travel companies. The 1st Kazakhstan-China Tourism Forum was held in Astana on September 28, 2016. In 2016, 135 million Chinese tourists traveled outside the PRC, spending 261 billion dollars (12% more than in 2015). KAZINFORM - inform.kz

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