How Astana plans to settle 2 million tourists during the EXPO

5 May

Astana is getting ready to host 2 million visitors during the world specialized exhibition EXPO 2017. 32 thousand beds will be required for their accommodation. According to Astana Astana Convention Bureau, there are more than 170 hotels in the capital of Kazakhstan with a total of about 12, 5 beds, "Kazinform" reports.

"Such type of accommodation as hostels is also gaining popularity. At the moment there are about 45 of them in our database which make more than 2,000 accommodation places. 20 more hotels will be launched in Astana by the summer: this adds 2,000 more places. 8 thousand places have been prepared by our organization in university campuses. According to our data, more than 3 thousand apartments are available for rent in Astana which is more than 10 thousand places. In general, we get about 35 thousand sleeping places which completely covers the need for places", - said the head of LLP Astana Astana Convention Bureau Saniyar Aitekenov.

Agreements on the earlier end of the school year have been signed with universities in order to provide timely preparation of campuses. Students vacations have been moved for 10 days. In addition, the campuses have been renovated and refreshed. Accommodation for the guests of the exhibition will be of course on a commercial basis.

However, according to Aitekenov, you can still run into problems when renting apartments in Astana.

"The Internet is full of fake web ads of duplicate apartments. To avoid such problems, we have developed a booking website - The site will not duplicate fake-apartments. The site will have a certain key system. It will require your card registration. You will have to use an information bureau or a smartphone or the computer to log in, choose a suitable apartment, leave a phone number to receive a code. Then you can access directly to people who rent an apartment either a real estate agent or the owners of the apartment. We have two main goals: to put everything in order and, of course, shedding light on those who do not want to work legally", - said the head of LLP Astana convention bureau.

Guests of Astana can reserve a room or apartment directly from the airport or train station. A special service is provided in information kiosks for tourists.

Let us remind that earlier requirements for hostels to receieve visitors of the EXPO 2017 have been developed in Astana. The new standards reflect the different nuances of the hostels. For example, the placement of a signboard, backup lighting system in the event of a power outage, a safe for storing tourist documents, a place for cleaning equipment and cleaning supplies and so on.

It should be noted that the price policy of Astana hotels on the eve of the world specialized exhibition EXPO 2017 has been severely criticized by officials from the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The remarks were made during the meeting on standardization of tourism and hotel business services.

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