Following the collapse of socialism, the cities featured in this book, including Almaty, have undergone changes in their outward appearance, functional composition and symbolic representation. “They have been shattered and reassembled by new political forces and market economies. Yet, the legacy of socialist urban planning and imagination has neither just disappeared, nor did it come to coexist peacefully with the new.” This book explores these transformations from a variety of perspectives.
This article describes the internal migration processes that have taken place in Kazakhstan during the last 25 years not just as rural-to-urban, but also as small-town-to-large-city and regional-centre-to-capital migration.
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Kazakhstan is targeting tourism as a key growth area as the country looks to diversify its sources of income and reduce its reliance on commodities. Development of tourism has been divided into several sectors including Nur-Sultan, Heart of Eurasia; Almaty, Free Cultural Zone of Kazakhstan; Revival of the Great Silk Road; Caspian Gates (beach tourism and cultural tourism); and Pearl of Altai (the World of Natural Wonders and ecological tourism).
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Nestled between Europe and Asia, Almaty is Kazakhstan’s largest city and is both literally and culturally rich. It is described as a “majestic city full of surprises, from charming scenic views to luxury shopping experiences, there is something that everyone can enjoy.”
According to third quarter 2021 figures released by Almaty’s Department of Tourism, the number of tourists totalled 842,900 (a 64.9 percent increase), of which 95, 700 were foreign tourists (a 8.2 percent increase) and 747,200 were domestic tourists (a 76.8 percent increase). The number of foreign tourists in Almaty was projected to reach pre-pandemic levels by 2022.