[HD videos below] PATA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding
with the Committee of Tourism Sector of the National Chamber of
Entrepreneurs (NCE) of Kazakhstan.
The MoU aims to promote and develop cooperation
in the field of tourism to promote flows of tourists between
Kazakhstan and the PATA regions. It is also hoped that the
agreement will enhance human resources development in tourism and
travel-related industries in order to enhance employment prospects
in the travel sector in Kazakhstan.
The MoU was signed by Martin J Craigs, PATA
Chief Executive Officer, and Roza Assanbayeva, Chairman of the
Committee of the Tourism Sector of the NCE.
Martin J Craigs, PATA CEO, said, "We are delighted to welcome
travel and tourism friends both public and private from Kazakhstan
into the PATA family. Kazakhstan has many authentic cultural
attractions and a fast expanding airline. Air Astana offers a new
aircraft fleet and a well-placed hub between Europe and Asia. We
look forward to working with Roza Assanbayeva and her motivated
Roza Assanbayeva, Chairman of the Committee of
Tourism Sector of the NCE, added, "The majority of Kazakhstan's
territory lies in Asia which is the world's most rapidly growing region in terms of tourism and air traffic. Having known about
PATA for many years, we are confident our cooperation will develop
more business and travel advocacy outcomes for both sides. We are
excited to become a part of the PATA family. Signing this MoU at
the world's largest travel mart is especially meaningful."
United Nations World Tourism Organisation statistics show that
International Visitor Arrivals for Kazakhstan have been
steadily increasing since 2010, with IVA figures for 2010 at
3,393,000, 2011 at 4,093,000, and 2012 at 4,438,000.