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Astana eyes acknowledgement as tourist destination

Astana wants to get international acknowledgement as an Asian tourism city. Astana eyes acknowledgement as tourist destination

Astana eyes acknowledgement as tourist destination
Tourists to spend $10 billion during Brazil World Cup
Tourists to spend $10 billion during Brazil World Cup

Foreign and Brazilian tourists are expected to spend $10.4 billion during next year's World Cup, more than the public funds invested for staging the event, the Brazilian tourism board said Friday.

Tourists to spend $10 billion during Brazil World Cup
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Oil explorer eyes Spain's pristine Canary Islands

Luring millions of tourists a year with its crystal-clear waters, warm winters and precious wildlife, Spain's Canary Islands may hold another treasure -- oil -- that is attracting a less welcome visitor.

Oil explorer eyes Spain's pristine Canary Islands
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Borovoye transformation into real resort area costs $1.5 billion

Transformation of Borovoye resort into a year-round resort needs private and government investments in the amount of $1.5 billion.

Borovoye transformation into real resort area costs $1.5 billion
Anastasia Aimurazayeva. Photo courtesy of vk.com
Astana model to represent Kazakhstan at Miss Tourism International 2013

Anastasia Aimurazayeva from Astana will represent Kazakhstan at the Miss Tourism International 2013 to be held on December 31 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Astana model to represent Kazakhstan at Miss Tourism International 2013
No summer vacation season for Kazakhstan?
No summer vacation season for Kazakhstan?

Kazakhstan's civil aviation is not ready to service the summer tourist season of 2014.

No summer vacation season for Kazakhstan?
Football: Brazil risks own goal with high Cup prices
Football: Brazil risks own goal with high Cup prices

Eyeing a massive boost to tourism and prestige, Brazil hoped it had won the jackpot in earning the right to host the next World Cup and summer Olympics.

Football: Brazil risks own goal with high Cup prices
Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo © Marat Abilov
Kazakhstan wants more large cities like Almaty and Astana

Kazakhstan will focus on urban expansion of Astana, Almaty, Aktobe, Aktau and Shymkent and making them economic growth hubs.

Kazakhstan wants more large cities like Almaty and Astana
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Astana to see new tourism facilities worth $250 million for EXPO-2017

December 20 Astana would be hosting a conference focused on specific suggestions to develop tourism in Astana as part of preparation for EXPO-2017.

Astana to see new tourism facilities worth $250 million for EXPO-2017
The winners of the pageant. ©ChinaNews
Astana model wins place in Miss Bikini at Miss Tourism

Kazakhstan model Kamila Temirova from Astana won the 3rd place in the Miss Bikini nomination at the Miss Tourism Queen International 2013 beauty pageant in China.

Astana model wins place in Miss Bikini at Miss Tourism
Switzerland to show Chinese the thrill of the slopes
Switzerland to show Chinese the thrill of the slopes

Winter in Europe wouldn't be winter without a bit of skiing, and this year Switzerland has its sights set on attracting a whole new group of amateur skiers to its slopes -- the Chinese.

Switzerland to show Chinese the thrill of the slopes
S. Korea introduces 'Gangnam Style' tourist police
S. Korea introduces 'Gangnam Style' tourist police

South Korea unveiled its new "tourist police" force Wednesday, with snappy uniforms from rapper Psy's costume designer and a "Gangnam Style" launch in central Seoul.

S. Korea introduces 'Gangnam Style' tourist police
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. ©akorda.kz
Nazarbayev discusses tourism development in Almaty with Yessimov

Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has met with Almaty Akim (Mayor) Akhmetzhan Yessimov.

Nazarbayev discusses tourism development in Almaty with Yessimov
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US to reopen Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon

US national parks and monuments including the Statue of Liberty and the Grand Canyon are to reopen despite the federal shutdown, after states agreed to fund them temporarily.

US to reopen Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon
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World-level tourism training center to open in Almaty

The center will be supported by the World Tourism Organization and will have world-level tourism training experts.

World-level tourism training center to open in Almaty
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Myanmar unrest raises stakes for growing tourist industry

Recent anti-Muslim bloodshed close to Myanmar's most popular tourist beach raises the stakes for an industry dependent on the former pariah state's fluid transition to democracy.

Myanmar unrest raises stakes for growing tourist industry
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Kazakhstan representative at Miss Tourism 2013 unveiled

Assel Turzhanova will represent Kazakhstan at the Miss Tourism 2013.

Kazakhstan representative at Miss Tourism 2013 unveiled
Chinese tourists, diplomats make a splash in the Maldives
Chinese tourists, diplomats make a splash in the Maldives

The travellers pouring off flight LV199 from Shanghai into the international airport of the Maldives, many dressed in designer labels, are an unmissable sign of China's interest in the far-flung archipelago.

Chinese tourists, diplomats make a splash in the Maldives
Kazakhstan Foreign Ministry. Photo by Marat Abilov©
Kazakhstan mulls introducing visa-free entry for EU countries

Kazakhstan is planing to introduce visa-free regime for several European Union countries for summer periods starting from 2014.

Kazakhstan mulls introducing visa-free entry for EU countries
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Ski jumping stadium to be completed in Borovoye in 2014

A ski jumping facilities will be launched in Borovoye, in central Kazakhstan, by the end of 2014.

Ski jumping stadium to be completed in Borovoye in 2014