NATAS and the Republic of Kazakhstan sign MOU to promote tourism

first_imgNATAS and the Republic of Kazakhstan sign MOU to promote tourismThe National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with “Astana EXPO-2017” to promote Kazakhstan as a tourist destination to its members and to work closely to develop the product knowledge of the travel industries in the respective countries on a reciprocal basis.“Astana EXPO-2017” is a national company formed by the Republic of Kazakhstan to promote tourism to Kazakhstan.Mr. Rapil Zhoshybayev, Commissioner of “Astana EXPO-2017” and a member of the Senior Management team at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan, said: “Singapore is the gateway for South East Asia and is an important hub.  With this MOU, we hope that NATAS will be able to promote Kazakhstan through its outbound travel agents. In order to attract Singaporeans to visit Kazakhstan, our government has unilaterally waived visa entry.   There are also plans to launch direct flights between Kazakhstan and Singapore in the near future.”At the recent NATAS Travel Fair 2016 in March, the National Tourism Bureau of the Republic of Kazakhstan participated as an exhibitor for the first time. The booth attracted many visitors and received numerous enquiries about Kazakhstan.Mr. Devinder Ohri, President of NATAS, said: “Singaporeans are well-travelled and Kazakhstan being a relatively “new” destination for them to explore, may well be one of the next destinations on their travel horizon. Kazakhstan, as we’re learning, is a beautiful country, with its wildlife, geographical diversity and rich culture. It will offer many unique experiences for Singaporeans.  I look forward to the partnership to promote not only Kazakhstan as a prime holiday destination amongst Singaporeans but to also develop programmes closely that will boost the tourism sector in both countries.”Next year, Singapore will host the ASEAN Tourism Forum 2017 in January. NATAS will be inviting travel trade counterparts from the Republic of Kazakhstan to attend TRAVEX 2017- a major component of ASEAN Tourism Forum 2017. Visit KazakhstanSource = NATASlast_img read more