Astana Leisure 2018: a Thrust for Health Resort Treatment and Medical Tourism. Prospects and Opportunities

A few days left until the opening of the most anticipated event of the capital's tourism sector - Kazakhstan International Tourism Exhibition Astana Leisure 2018, which will be held on September 26 at "Korme" Exhibition Center in Astana. The main partner of the event is the Tourism Administration of Akmola region.

The official opening ceremony of Astana Leisure 2018 is scheduled for 12:00 and will take place with the participation of O.A. Abishev, the Vice-Minister of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan and Igaliev M.N., deputy Akim of Akmola region.

Within three days 11 regional tourism administrations of Kazakhstan will present their projects and tourism opportunities to the guests of the exhibition. The players of foreign tourism industry do not lose their interest in expanding the partnership horizons with Kazakhstan – the participants from 12 countries: Azerbaijan, Georgia, Egypt, India, Kyrgyzstan, Morocco, Russia, Thailand, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, South Korea will prepare unique proposals for cooperation.

The national expositions of Egypt, India, Morocco, Thailand, Turkey and South Korea will reflect charm of their destinations and will allow us to immerse in the atmosphere of travelling. The collective stand of Chelyabinsk region presents spa resorts and health centers, ski centers, national parks and natural treasures of the region.

The central focus of the event - medical and health tourism will be reflected not only on the stands of the exhibitors, but also in the business program. On the first day of the exhibition, a number of events dedicated to the health and resort industry will be held for industry professionals.

On September 26 there will be a conference on "Problems and Ways of Cooperation between Medical and Tourism Organizations". The Vice Minister of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the specialists of the Ministry and Kazakhstan Tourism Association will discuss the issues on the interaction of medical institutions and tourism organizations, the opportunities for development and improvement of medical tourism in the Republic.

The second day of the exhibition, which falls on the professional holiday - the World Tourism Day, will be marked by the Travellers Forum AstanaTravelDay. Experienced travellers will talk about the secrets of budget travel, the best destinations for trips from Astana and lifehacks that will make the trip unforgettable. Famous journalist-blogger Megan Starr, traveling around the world and publishing in National Geographic, CondeNastTravel, TheNewYorkTimes, will share her experience and tell about the mechanisms of the tourism development through blogging.

Upon the whole, the guests of the exhibition will be able to visit 20 educational programs with various workshops, seminars and conferences.

The exhibition AstanaLeisure is developing from year to year, is held in various formats. The exhibition organizers constantly follow the tendencies of the tourism industry development and are working to improve the event. So, there is some news for visitors and exhibitors: in 2019 the exhibition in Astana will be held in a new format under the brand Travel Expo Astana.

The organizers of the exhibition AstanaLeisure 2018 are the exhibition companies ITEGroup (UK) and Iteca (Kazakhstan). It is oficially supported by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the Local Administration of Akmola Region, Kazakhstan Tourist Association (KTA) and the Capital Tourism Association (CAT).

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