Tourism focals from CAREC countries, private sector representatives, and development partners joined the regional inception workshop and first expert group meeting to identify challenges and regional initiatives and collaborative actions to foster partnerships and strengthen the competitiveness of the region in the tourism sector, and to develop a sustainable and more inclusive tourism.
Participants also initiated discussions for the formulation of the CAREC Tourism Strategy 2030. Miras Tulebayev, acting chairman of the Committee of the Tourism Industry, Ministry of Culture and Sports of Kazakhstan, opened the workshop. Safdar Parvez, director, Asian Development Bank (ADB) Regional Cooperation and Operations Coordination Division (CWRC) and Giovanni Capannelli, country director, ADB Kazakhstan Resident Mission, welcomed the participants and moderated sessions of the workshop.
Promoting tourism cooperation is one of the new operational priorities of CAREC 2030. The technical assistance supporting tourism development, co-funded by Department for International Development, was approved in August 2019.