The capital of Kazakhstan, Nur-Sultán, wants to claim its youth to the world to grow as a global tourist attraction, a message that today leads to the great forum held in Lisbon by the World Tourism Organization (WTO) to discuss the growth of visits to large cities.
The city, formerly known as Astana, has signed an agreement to host the eighth Global Tourism Summit of UNWTO next October, a vital activity for the diversification of the economy, tells Efe its mayor, Bakhyt Sultanov.
"The city is really rich in natural resources, and it has great products, but competitiveness is still a problem for us, because we are distant from the big markets and we have these problems of competitiveness and access to large global markets," he explains.
In this context, "the development of tourism becomes very important for the diversification of our economy, and we have all the potential to achieve it because we are the capital of one of the youngest nations in the world."
"This is the message we are wanting to convey to millions of tourists in the world," said the mayor of Nur-Sultán, who considers that events such as the one held in Lisbon "are very important to share opinions, experiences, and new points of collaboration with our colleagues and international partners. "
With regard to the appointment that the capital of Kazakhstan will host in October, he recalls that the city "has proven to be capable of hosting large international events" in the past, such as the international exhibition Expo 2017.
The next UNWTO summit will come at a time when the Asian capital "is growing actively as a financial and business hub" and now seeks to grow in tourism, where they offer "unique nature" and a modern city that has applied the latest technological advances, as well as its position in the world.
"We are at the same distance from Europe and Asia, we even joke that we are the umbilical cord of the world," says Sultanov.