Deputies supported to revive mountain and sports tourism in Trans-Ili Alatau
The current tourist routes do not attract lovers of mountain and sports tourism.
Mazhilis Deputy Kenes Absatirov, speaking for deputies of the Akzhol fraction, delivered a request addressed to Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev. According to the deputies, it is necessary to revive mountain and sports tourism on the once-popular routes, BNews.kz correspondent reports.
Opening the fourth session of the 6th convocation of the country's Parliament, the head of state paid special attention to tourism development, that can trigger the development of entrepreneurship. In the 'Growing Welfare of Kazakh Citizens: Increase in Income and Quality of Life' Address, the President also urged to pay special attention to the development of domestic tourism taking advantage of the country's rich natural and cultural potential. In addition, a memorandum of mutual understanding and cooperation in tourism was signed as part of the Forum of Interregional Cooperation between Kazakhstan and Russia.
"In 2014, a request of deputies of Akzhol Democratic Party regarding the development of domestic tourism, the government put forward the improved outlook for the period until 2020. However, the majority of the tasks set were not fulfilled. Meanwhile, many Russian tourists, as well as tourists from other states, are well familiarized with a tourist potential of our state: sacral mosques of Mangystau, the Mausoleum of Khawaja Ahmed Yasawi, mountains and lakes of the Bayanaul national park, the Borovoye resort and many others. But, the strength and greatness of Trans-Ili Alatau should be particularly noted among many natural places of Kazakhstan," said Kenes Absatirov.
The Mazhilis Deputy noted that multi-day mountain routes had been designed in Almaty. In the early 1980s, around 100 tourist sections, seven tourist clubs operated in the city. The number of people engaging in tourism exceeded 213 thousand people.
The tourist routes on the northern part of Tien Shan, Trans-Ili Alatau enjoyed special popularity.
"As a response to the above request, the Government intended to turn Almaty into a center of international mountain tourism. The tourist firms face difficulties to stay in the cross-border zone and to cross the state border on the way to make Kazakhstan's mountain tourism famous again, and to open new exciting routes for foreigners. For instance, the tourist firms had always raised the issue regarding crossing the state border by organized tourist groups on the once-existed routes of the northern part of Tien Shan - from Kazakhstan to Kyrgyzstan, and the journey from Almaty to the Issyk-Kul lake and back," said the deputy.
In the present year, the permission to cross the state border from Kegei (Kyrgyzstan) on the route where the road lies. However, according to the deputies, the road is a mountainous and empty area where there had never been tourist routes.
"In order to reach the beginning of the route, it is necessary to spend five hours in a car with tourist equipment from Almaty, making this tour unattractive for lovers of mountain tourism. Such tours are distinguished by journeys on mountains, passing slopes and passes, staying overnight and camps on the route's way," said Kenes Absatirov.
According to the deputies, the revival of mountain and sports tourism, along with the Medeu world-known high-altitude sports complex, the Shymbulak ski resort, can turn Almaty into acentere of international mountain tourism.
"It is also known that a keen interest is shown by guests from Korea, Turkey and from other states to Trans-Ili Alatau mountains, who believe Kazakhstan to be the Homeland of their ancestors, and Alatau as part of the Almai Mountains. We suppose that the promotion of this is the mentioned states, in the light of Nursultan Nazarbayev's Article "Seven Faces of the Great Steppe", can establish a constant flow of tourists on these routes. In this connection, Mr. Bakytzhan Abdirovich, the Akzhol deputy fraction asks to give government agencies to work out the problem of staying in the cross-border zone, and crossing the state border in summer time by organized tourist groups on the following routes: following the route of pioneers of Tien Shan; Kolsay Lakes, from Almaty to the Issyk-Kul lake," said kenes Absatirov.