26 April 2006
Head of the State Nursultan Nazarbaev received Secretary-General of the World Tourism Organization Francesco Frangialli and Tourism and Sport Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Temirkhan Dosmukhanbetov.

I have been pleased to meet this morning His Excellency the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan. I am here on the occasion of the meeting of the Commission of the World Tourism Organization for Europe in Almaty, but I came to Astana to meet the President. First of all, I informed the President about the situation of the world tourism, which after a period of difficulties is doing very well. The President was interested by the importance of tourism. Last year 800 million people spent 500 billion dollars. Therefore the basic concern is to make Kazakhstan benefit from this important development of tourism, to put in place a national strategy, a national program of development, and the President announced that they would be doing that. That is made possible by the existence of the new Ministry for tourism and sport of the Government of Kazakhstan. – F. Frangialli said in a press briefing. 

The World Tourism Organization was created as International Congress of official tourism organizations in 1925. Later it was renamed as World Tourism Organization.  In 2003 the Organization received the status of a UN agency. The Headquarters are situated in Madrid. The Republic of Kazakhstan has a membership of the organization since 1993.


The Ministry for tourism and sport was formed in March 2006. It is headed by Temirkhan Dosmukhanbetov, who is an honored worker of the Republic of Kazakhstan, famous trainer, and sport master of international rank.

The Republic of Kazakhstan has an enormous potential for developing tourism. Experts believe, that diverse landscape, rich flora and fauna and unique national culture create all necessary conditions for successful development of the tourism industry in our country

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