The number of ecotourists visiting Kazakhstan has more than doubled over the past 3 years.
As reported by the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, while there were 985 thousand ecotourists in 2020, by the end of 2022, the number had risen to 2 million individuals.
According to Vice-Minister of Culture and Sports Erzhan Erkinbayev, this trend reflects the dynamic development of ecological tourism in Kazakhstan and the widespread adoption of ecotourism culture in the country.
"New tourist facilities are being established in the national parks of the republic – visitor centers, campgrounds, and glamping sites. These locations provide guests with information about the local ecosystem and wildlife, details about routes, rest stops, and more. For example, at the 'Ayusai' visitor center, every tourist's departure is documented in a safety log to keep track of those traveling on different trails. If visitors do not return by 10:00 PM, the staff at the visitor center initiate search efforts," Erkinbayev explained.
Over the past 2 years, 14 visitor centers have been inaugurated in Kazakhstan's national parks, with 7 of them funded by private sources. Additionally, the number of glamping sites in the country has increased to 38 this year.