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Nazarbayev discusses tourism development in Almaty with Yessimov 14 октября 2013, 18:33

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has met with Almaty Akim (Mayor) Akhmetzhan Yessimov.
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Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©akorda.kz Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©akorda.kz
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has met with Almaty Akim (Mayor) Akhmetzhan Yessimov, Tengrinews reports citing the President’s press-service. The President stressed that development of tourism should become one of the key sectors in Almaty's economy. “A large work on development of tourism is being done in the city in pursuance of my instructions. A lot of emphasis is being placed on skiing and use of the potential of the mountains near Almaty. This will create new jobs besides all else,” Nazarbayev stressed. Kazakhstan President pointed out that the first cycling race that was recently held in Almaty by the International Cyclists Union was very important for the international standing of Almaty. The city is currently preparing to host the Winter Universiade-2017. “We submitted our application to host the Winter Olympics-2022 in Almaty. Such large-scale events should have a positive effect on development of sports in the city and raise awareness of the whole world about our country via Almaty,” the President said. Nazarbayev also called to continue improving the city’s infrastructure. “The city administration is working on improvement of the ecological situation in the city and switching the public transport to gas fuel. Roads are repaired and new transport junctions are built. I also instructed to build bypass roads around Almaty (to reduce the traffic pressure). All that has a positive effect on improvement of lives of the residents and economy of the city. Almaty city is at the cutting edge among all the regions of our country,” Nazarbayev said. Akhmetzhan Yessimov confirmed that the city administration was working on development of Almaty as a major tourist center. “We had a meeting with representatives of the World Tourism Organization. Winter sports experts from all over the world have visited Almaty and we had very useful discussions and made an agreement to hold several events with their support,” Almaty Mayor said. He pointed out that there was positive dynamics in all the areas of the city’s life. In the end of the meeting the President made several instructions on further development of Almaty’s infrastructure and improvement of the residents’ lives.

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