Government • 21 December, 2018

Kazakh PM gets aqcuainted with work of Visit Almaty center and plans for reconstruction of railway station

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As part of his working trip to Almaty, the Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev visited a number of infrastructure facilities in order to familiarize himself with the development of the tourist potential of the city: the Almaty-2 railway station and the Visit Almaty tourist hub. The presentation of the new Carsharing service also took place here, reports the press service of the Prime Minister.

During a visit to the new tourist hub Visit Almaty, which was opened in the Baluan Sholak Palace of Sports in November 2018, the Prime Minister was told that every tourist can get all the necessary information in the consulting center: maps, guides, atlases of mountain routes, brochures of tour operators, announcements of cultural events, etc. In addition, consultants are called upon to assist in solving various problems — from emergency, law-related and health, to logistics, for example, “where to eat and how to get to Kok-tobe.” Over 11 months, more than 25.2 thousand tourists received a consultation at the center.

Sagintayev examined the tourist information center. The director of the Qazaq Oner artisans center A. Zhanserikova presented a yurt and noted a successful location of the hub at the photo-yurt-photozone. Here projects are being implemented to promote tourism potential, an analysis of the competitiveness of the region and the development of tourism is carried out. On the territory of the center there are seven educational zones, decorated in the national style, there is a co-working platform for tourists.

Deputy akim of the city Y. Aukenov, in turn, said that thanks to the work being done, the number of tourists in the city 2018 increased by 11% compared to 2017. About 43.6% of tourists visited Almaty, almost half of all foreign tourists coming to Kazakhstan. The number of tourists arriving in Almaty for the II quarter of 2018 is 503 thousand people.

One of the projects to increase the tourist attractiveness will be the reconstruction of Almaty-2 railway station, scheduled for 2019–2020. During the site visit, Sagintayev was informed that the project envisages the construction of an additional terminal, the second route between Almaty-2 and Almaty-1, underground passages and new passenger platforms for suburban routes. In general, the modernization of the station will increase the effective area of ​​the object twice.

Here, the Prime Minister was informed about the development of the transport infrastructure of the southern capital, presented a new service system “Carsharing.” The system allows to issue a per-minute car rental through the mobile application. This service is available to anyone with a driver's license. In Almaty, the service was launched in October 2018, today the number of registered users of the service exceeds 10 thousand people. Sagintayev examined a number of new cars available for service users. In total, more than a hundred new cars have been launched, while the number in 2019 will be 500, and by 2021 there will be a fleet of 1.5 thousand cars in the country. According to Anytime company, in March 2019, it is planned to start the service in Astana, at the end of 2019 — in Shymkent.

According to Almaty Akimat, the renewal of the city’s bus fleet will reach 80% in 2018. At the expense of private investment, a car park and a plant for the production of third generation electric buses were built. Their further launch on the routes of the city will have a positive effect on the ecological situation in Almaty. Also in Almaty, the first bus rapid transit line in Kazakhstan was organized, 110 kilometers of designated lanes for public transport and one-way traffic were introduced on 10 central streets, and a cycle corridor from Orbit to Green Bazaar was formed. Two metro stations are under construction, which will make it possible to connect the center with sleeping areas and the annexed territories of the city. Today, 97% of all transactions in public transport in Almaty are non-cash. An automated dispatching control system with a GPS system and video cameras on buses was introduced, as well as a system of fines for complaints from passengers when subsidizing carriers. The city has a system of photo and video recording of traffic violations, 709 lanes are monitored, from next year a double increase in posts will begin.

Recall, the Head of State pays special attention to the development of tourism. In the Address to the People of Kazakhstan "New Opportunities under the Fourth Industrial Revolution" it is noted that one of the promising sources for any region is the development of inbound and domestic tourism, which today creates every tenth job in the world. In this regard, the Government is carrying out comprehensive work on the development of infrastructure and the removal of barriers in the tourism industry. In 2019, the State Program for the Development of Tourism until 2023 will be developed for the first time. The main indicator of the program will be the increase in the share of tourism relative to GDP to 8%.

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