General consul of PRC Zhang Wei told about development of cooperation between Kazakhstan and China in tourism, reported Kazakhstan Today.

“Sino-kazakh tourist cooperation began relatively later compared to other famous world tourist places, but it is developed at a dynamic pace. Due to the increasing interest to each other, the potential for cooperation in this area is large enough”, – said Zhang Wei.

He reported that first tourist group arrived from China to the area Kazakhstan in July of 2016.

“We celebrated the Year of Tourism of China in Kazakhstan together last year, which is opened new page of tourist cooperation between China and Kazakhstan. During EXPO-2017 in Astana chinese delegations from more 20 provinces and cities arrived to Kazakhstan for holding of tourist presentations and reached a number of agreement. Kazakhstan gradually becoming more famous and interesting for Chinese”, – genconsul noted.

“China and Kazakhstan are ancient civilizations with unique natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage, which laid a good foundation for jointly cooperation in tourism, but it is not enough. Also, we need to try for improve tourist infrastructures, provide more public services, develop unique tour routes and introduce measures to facilitate the movement of tourist flow. In that way cooperation between two sites will be stable and continuously. In recent years many Chinese prefer go abroad to rest. In the next 5 years a number of Chinese tourists will reach about 700 million. Certainly it will bring a large opportunity for developing of relevant branches in those tourist countries. I would say that Kazakhstan, being a neighbor of China, will benefit firstly from it”, – said Zhang Wei.

Besides general consul of PRC noted that the first in Central Asia state tourism office was opened last year in Astana in order to promote joint tourism cooperation, and a visa support center for Kazakhstan opened in Beijing.

“At the moment component authorities of both sites can attempt to develop tourist routes and projects, such as border tours, ecotours, folctours, skiing, to create all necessary conditions for deepening of tourist cooperation between China and Kazakhstan. I have no doubt of that,” – noted Zhang Wei.