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25 February | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

Yerzhan Kistafin sees huge potential in tourism to bring Pakistan, Kazakhstan closer

Kazakh ambassador says vast number of tourists visits Kazakhstan every year as one of emerging tourist destinations; Pakistan’s Ambassador Nauman Bashir Bhatti emphasizes on experience sharing and enhanced collaboration between Pakistan and Kazakhstan in tourism

Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Pakistan Yerzhan Kistafin has said that tourism has potential to bring Pakistan and Kazakhstan closer to each other, as the Central Asian nation is a stunning destination and a haven for adventurists and tourists.

“We can see that adventure tourism is developing in the world and Kazakhstan is one of the emerging tourist destinations where huge number of tourists visit every year,” he said while addressing the Pakistan-Kazakhstan Tourism Conference at the Palace Hall of the Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore.

Kazakh ambassador says vast number of tourists visits Kazakhstan every year as one of emerging tourist destinations; Pakistan’s Ambassador Nauman Bashir Bhatti emphasizes on experience sharing and enhanced collaboration between Pakistan and Kazakhstan in tourism
From Pakistan-Kazakhstan Tourism Conference at Palace Hall of the Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore.

The conference was jointly organized by the SCAT Airlines together with Hashoo Groups in order to create awareness about tourism attractions and connecting tourism authorities from both South and Central Asian countries. 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.

Ambassador Yerzhan Kistafin says Pakistan has great potential for tourism

Addressing the conference, Ambassador Yerzhan Kistafin said that Pakistan has many places and world’s highest peaks that can attract a large number of tourists from Kazakhstan. “I believe that Pakistan has great potential for tourism,” he said, and appreciated direct flights between the two nations.

He expressed his gratitude for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to him, and acknowledged Pakistan’s pivotal role in the region and expressed his willingness to deepen the existing relationship and work towards enhancing bilateral trade and investment, cultural and educational exchanges, and other areas of mutual interest.

Ambassador Nauman Bashir Bhatti says Pakistan’s tourism industry offers exceptional investment opportunities

Pakistan’s Ambassador to Kazakhstan Nauman Bashir Bhatti also joined the event through video link. 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 participated in the conference.

Speaking through a video link, Ambassador Nauman Bashir Bhatti emphasized importance of experience sharing and enhanced collaboration between Pakistan and Kazakhstan in the realm of tourism. He said that a stronger economic partnership would benefit people in both the friendly countries and noted that Pakistan’s tourism industry offers exceptional investment opportunities.

In his address, he described Pakistan as an amazing South Asian country with a rich cultural heritage, and diversity in terms of landscape, weather, and biodiversity. Pointing towards natural and cultural tourist attractions of Pakistan, he encouraged the tourists and the travelers to enjoy hospitality and welcoming nature of the local people at various destinations.

Haseeb Gardezi says air connectivity between Pakistan and Kazakhstan to promote tourism, cultural exchange, and business synergies

In a momentous partnership, Kazakhstan-based SCAT Airlines and the Hashoo Group have joined forces to facilitate direct flight operations between Lahore and Almaty with two weekly frequencies. Speaking on the occasion, Hashoo Group COO Haseeb Gardezi said that the primary goal of this groundbreaking air connectivity initiative was the promotion of tourism, cultural exchange, and business synergies between the two nations.

“Today, we can see that this conference has not only showcased tourism products from Pakistan and Kazakhstan, but interactions between reputable tour operators from Kazakhstan and potential travel business partners in Pakistan have facilitated discussions on ways to amplify collaboration between the two nations,” he informed the conference.

Nexus Global CEO Rizwan Qaiser highlights reduction in travel time between Pakistan and Kazakhstan due to collaborative efforts

Addressing the participants, Nexus Global CEO Rizwan Qaiser that despite abundant cultural and religious affinities and immense trade and investment potential, the business and tourism exchange between Pakistan and Kazakhstan had remained disappointingly low due to lack of connectivity, insufficient awareness, and limited communication among the business entities.

He expressed his gratitude to the Hashoo Group for their partnership, foreseeing a fruitful journey towards mutual success and a vibrant role in advancing tourism and hospitality ventures between Pakistan and Kazakhstan. He highlighted the substantial reduction in travel time from 15-20 hours to less than three hours due to collaborative efforts, support from diplomatic channels, and the business community.

On behalf of Honorary Consul General for Punjab Rao Khalid M Khan, Kazakhstan House Executive Director Babar Shafi invited the participants of the conference to visit the recently-established Kazakhstan House which is providing consular and other services to citizens interested in visiting, studying, or doing business in the Central Asian republic, and to promote friendly relations between the two nations.

Babar Shafi invites participants to visit Kazakhstan House for information, guidance

“We are creating more opportunities for business communities as well as for students who are interested to join top educational institutions in Kazakhstan,” he said in his presentation. He said that the Kazakhstan House committed to providing timely and efficient assistance to all citizens, and to promoting a positive image of Kazakhstan in Pakistan and vice versa.

Hosted by Amina Zubair, the Pakistan-Kazakhstan Tourism Conference in Lahore marked a significant milestone in fortifying the ties between Pakistan and Kazakhstan, opening new vistas for tourism and business opportunities. Additionally, the event aimed to enlighten corporate guests about the two nations’ attractions and essential information, ultimately bringing the sides closer through tourism.

Yerzhan Kistafin sees huge potential in tourism to bring Pakistan, Kazakhstan closer
A view of Kazakhstan

In separate presentations, Smart Travel Director Kamilya Yakhina, Kaztour Central Asia Head of Incoming Tourism Rinata Abdysheva, Skyway Deputy General Director Islam A Moustafa expressed the hope that increased collaboration in the tourism sector would enable more tourists to visit each side. They suggested both Pakistan and Kazakhstan to further improve cultural and educational relationship besides much-awaited people-to-people interactions.

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