Tuesday, 08 October 2019, 13:51:15
Today, about 100 tourism projects are being developed by Kazakhstani businessmen. These are various campsites, placements, parks. The implementation of these projects will give an additional 6-7 thousand permanent jobs for 2 years. Deputy Chairman of Kazakh Tourism National Company Kairat Sadvakasov told this in an interview for PrimeMinister.kz.
“Now we are monitoring the development of 100 projects, half of which will be completed by the end of next year. Speaking about the industry as a whole, today direct employment is literally 120 thousand people. This is if you take the hotel, travel agencies and accommodation. If we take a more extended list, where we will consider transport, culture, the sphere of accommodation, then here we say about 300 thousand people work. Upon completion of the state program, we plan to add about 70 thousand new permanent jobs. It's about the horizon — 2025. Due to the fact that new investments will come, new objects will be built, new jobs will appear,” Sadvakasov said.
At the same time, training in the tourism industry is carried out in several universities. This year, an international university on tourism and hospitality was registered and will soon begin to work.
“There are large prospects for young people. If earlier people came to tourism for some benefit or because a certain exam is easier, there is more recruitment, now we are increasingly seeing a conscious choice. Young people come, see the dynamic development of the industry, the flow of foreigners, international events. More and more people want to come and become truly industry professionals,” said the speaker.
According to the deputy chairman of Kazakh Tourism, the state is determined to increase the component of small and medium-sized businesses in the field of tourism. At the same time, small, medium and large businesses have a number of preferences. For example, to work in a large business, the construction of ski resorts, a roadside service network, hotels and so on will be possible to get preferences in the form of tax exemption for up to 10 years, customs duties, receive a grant in the form of a land plot, and so on.
“The participation of business in the tourism sector is just at the level of small and medium-sized businesses. Big business is single, there are not so many cases when very large investments come. The program ‘economy of simple things’ also operates. There already small and medium-sized businesses can receive financing at a reduced interest rate for the opening of campsites, hotels, theme parks, ski resorts. Priority is given to those territories that are included in the Tourism Map, the top 10 that we have chosen as part of the state program,” Sadvakasov added.