Kaztour Central Asia Head of Incoming Tourism Rinata Abdysheva has said that their company has a lot of offers for tourists from Pakistan and other countries to discover winter wonderland with places for skiing, snowboarding, and a wide array of thrilling winter activities in Kazakhstan.
“We are ready to take tourists and adventurists from Pakistan on a journey to explore five iconic cities that includes Almaty, Turkistan, Shymkent, Mangystau and Astana besides Silk Road tour of four cities i.e. Almaty, Turkistan, Shymkent and Taraz in Kazakhstan,” she said in her presentation during day-long Pakistan-Kazakhstan Tourism Conference at the Palace Hall of the Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore.
The conference was jointly organized by the SCAT Airlines together with the Hashoo Group in order to create awareness about tourism attractions and connecting tourism authorities from Pakistan and Kazakhstan. Known for its architectural marvels, Caspian Sea, landscape, and natural resources, Kazakhstan boasts five unique sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List – three cultural and two natural sites.
In her presentation, Rinata Abdysheva said that collaboration in the tourism sector would enable more tourists to visit each side. On the occasion, she suggested more people-to-people interactions besides cultural and educational relationship between South and Central Asian countries. “We guarantee a seamless experience for inbound tourists arriving from various countries,” she said.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan Nauman Bashir Bhatti, Kazakhstan Ambassador to Pakistan Yerzhan Kistafin, Hashoo Group COO Haseeb Gardezi, Nexus Global CEO Rizwan Qaiser, Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation (PTDC) Managing Director Aftab ur Rehman Rana and tour operators from Pakistan and Kazakhstan also address the conference, hosted by Amina Zubair.
Sharing details about national cuisine, Rinata Abdysheva told the audience that Kazakh cuisine represents a harmonious fusion of customs and traditions. “Our cuisine extends beyond being mere sustenance; it embodies a warm and inclusive culture,” she said, adding that every guest at a feast was wholeheartedly welcomed and greeted with great hospitality.
She informed the audience about Besbarmak, a traditional dish of the Kazakh people. “Besbarmak – mostly served on a large oval dish – is a savory combination of boiled meat, accompanied by small pieces of dough boiled in flavorful broth, generously garnished with dill, parsley, and cilantro,” she said. With an opportunity to local and foreign cuisine in various restaurants, this comprehensive experience could undoubtedly be aptly described as a gastro tour, she said.
In Lahore, the Pakistan-Kazakhstan Tourism Conference marked a significant milestone in fortifying the relations between Pakistan and Kazakhstan, opening new vistas for tourism and business opportunities. Additionally, the event aimed to enlighten corporate guests about the two countries’ attractions and essential information, ultimately bringing the sides closer through tourism.