With annual growth rates of almost 11% in hotel
rooms, Almaty, the old capital of Kazakhstan, is one of the
fastest growing tourism destinations in Central Asia.
The city attracts visitors from all around the
world due to its close proximity to world-class ski resorts,
picturesque mountains, newly developed casino and entertainment
resorts and Kazakh culture.
In addition, the city continues to benefit from
increased tourism through the hosting of major international
winter sports events, such as the 2011 Winter Asian Games, as well
as many FIS and ISU World Championships. The city has also bid to
host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.
Consistent with the growth in its tourism
sector, Almaty has developed a robust accommodation plan to meet
the needs of its many visitors and quickly growing domestic
population. Almaty 2022 has worked closely with the city to ensure
that Almaty's bid to host the 2022 Olympic Winter Games fits
perfectly with the city's long-term objectives.
President of Kazakhstan Tourism Association, Ms
Rosa Assanbayeva said, "Tourist arrivals to Almaty have been
steadily growing over the past years. Besides housing for the
city's growing population, the demand for hotels across all
categories is rising. The Almaty 2022 Games Accommodation plan is
in line with our long term city development plan."
Importantly, Almaty has secured legally binding
guarantees from hotel owners, real estate developers and city
authorities for over 31,000 rooms.
Almaty's real accommodation plan includes:
10,580 rooms in dedicated Villages for the
15,475 rooms in newly built serviced apartments,
including IF and NOC serviced apartments; and
5,175 rooms in existing hotels and wellness
resorts in all categories, including the 1,000 rooms in the IOC
hotels in the Olympic City.
Mayor of Almaty city, Mr Akhmetzhan Yessimov,
said, "Almaty's guarantees exceed all IOC requirements. All client
groups will find comfortable accommodation in our city across all
categories - from 5-star hotels to university residences for
low-budget visitors. All rooms are either already built, under
construction, planned or guaranteed by individual contracts."
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Pictures from Almaty and Astana, Kazakhstan.
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