The influence of the international specialized exhibition "EXPO-2017"on the development of tourism in the Republic of Kazakhstan

On October 12, 2017 in the Educational-Administrative Building of the L.N. Gumilyov ENU a scientific and practical seminar organized by the Department "Tourism" of the Economics Faculty on the theme: "The influence of the international specialized exhibition "EXPO-2017"on the development of tourism in the Republic of Kazakhstan" was held. The event was pursuant to paragraph 2.3.5 of the meeting Minutes on topical issues of information support for the activities of the Head of State N.A. Nazarbayev in the mass media and the corresponding instruction to the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan in conjunction with higher educational institutions to organize scientific and practical conferences, seminars, round tables on the results of the International Specialized Exhibition "EXPO-2017".

The scientific and practical seminar was attended by the deputy director of the services department at the NPP “Atameken” – Mr. Toktarbayev Daniyar, the assistant director of the “Astana Convention Bureau” LLP under the Akimat of the Astana city – Mr. Adambekov Askar, Deputy Head of the Promotion and Tourism Department of JSC "Astana Expo-2017" – Mr. Kenzhebekov Yernur, Head of the "Food and Beverages" department of Rixos President Hotel – Mr. Issagaliev Serik.

In addition, the Vice-rector for Strategic Development Kanayev Serikzhan Ziadanovich, the Vice-rector for scientific and research work - Merzadinova Gulnara, the doctor of economic sciences, professor of the "Management" department - Kemel Myrzageldy, the candidate of economic sciences, professor of the “Finance” Department - Mazhitov Daurenbek took part on the part of the Eurasian university. Also, the Head of the “Tourism “ Department Ph.D, associate professor- Duissembayev Azamat, as well as students, master and doctoral students of the Tourism Department took an active part.

The main objective of the seminar is to exchange views on the current state and problems of the tourism industry in Kazakhstan, its role and place in the country's economy, as well as the influence of the International Specialized Exhibition EXPO-2017 on its development.

During the scientific and practical seminar, special attention was paid to the factors and conditions for the further development of domestic and inbound tourism in Kazakhstan during the post-exhibition period, the importance and positive multiplicative effect of the Exhibition was highlighted. During the meeting, issues related to the development of tourism in the Republic of Kazakhstan, planned events and directions for the employment of EXPO-2017 exhibition’s pavilions were discussed, and problems of  the tourism development in general and in the hotel business in particular, which became evident thanks to this exhibition, were revealed.

It should be noted that this event was a logical continuation of the previous scientific and practical seminar organized by the “Tourism” Department on November 24, 2016. Thus, the Eurasian National University serves as a kind of platform for dialogue between representatives of state structures, business and the education system. All participants expressed their interest in holding such meetings to openly discuss the current state, problems and prospects for the development of tourism in general and the system of training highly qualified personnel for work in the tourism industry in particular.