Astana is ready to receive more than 2 mln tourists - Mayor

At the moment, Astana is actively preparing for EXPO-2017. To date, the city is ready to receive more than 2 million tourists, Astana’s Mayor Asset Issekeshev has said during a meeting on preparations for the international specialized exhibition, as well as on the development of Astana city in the office of "NC "Astana EXPO-2017" JSC.
Astana city21 April , 12:33

"Undoubtedly, one of the main priorities of Mayor’s Office of Astana is the preparation of the city for EXPO. Mayor’s Office has established a headquarters. All activities are conducted in accordance with the terms. The first is the reception and accommodation of guests. In general, the city is ready to receive and accommodate more than 2 million tourists. Mayor’s Office has established booking departments that work separately with the regions", A. Issekeshev has informed.

As for the catering points, according to the dossier, 110 thousand seats are needed. Currently, we have 850 food points that will provide 116 thousand seats.

"The issues of food security of the city have been resolved. We expect that the consumption of food will grow by 20-30% in these three months and will amount to 160 thousand tons. We approved the schedule of regional fairs", the Mayor has added.

Also, according to the Mayor, a sports and cultural program has been formed.

We note that in 2016 the gross domestic product in Astana exceeded 5 trillion tenge with an increase of 3.7%. The volume of investments was 840 billion tenge, while the share of private investments increased from 60 to 74%. The unemployment rate for the year was 4.6%, which is the lowest in the country. Over the past year, 19,000 workplaces were created in the city, 75% of them in the sphere of small and medium-sized businesses. The amount of receipt to the state budget was 1 trillion 64 billion tenge.

We remind that Astana is hosting a meeting on the preparation for the international specialized exhibition, as well as for the development of Astana under the chairmanship of Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev. The President has noted in his speech that Astana has become a traditional place for holding global events.

Akbota Kuzekbay