In his speech at the Ceremony of honoring of the EXPO-2017 two-millionth visitor, Astana EXPO-2017 National Company Chairman of Board Mr, Akhmetzhan Yessimov marked the positive multiplicative effect the International Exhibition had on the economy of Kazakhstan.
“The correctness of the decision made some time ago by Kazakhstani President of the EXPO-2017 Exhibition hosting is absolutely evident, and it makes great multiplicative effect,” considers Mr. Akhmetzhan Yessimov.
The figures of the RK Statistics Agency confirm the deductions of Astana EXPO-2017 NC Chairman of Board.
“I asked the City Administration for the figures, and we took information from the statistics agency. In Astana, for example, we can witness considerable animation of economic activities in all the economy sectors. Housing commissioning has grown by 33%, commodity turnover by 20%, and admittance rate of shopping-entertainment centers increased twofold,” marked Mr. Yessimov.
But the most noticeable are positive changes in the domestic and foreign tourism sectors.
“Remarkable animation was given to tourism: approaches to tour operators have grown by 78%. We declared the ‘open sky’ and the number of flights grew in 1.3 times. New flights were opened to such cities as Helsinki, Budapest and Warsaw. Seven thousand people arrive at Astana daily only by plane and 16 thousand people by other passenger transport; it is a very good indicator,” marked Astana EXPO-2017 National Company Chairman of Board Mr. Akhmetzhan Yessimov.
Animation of commodities turnover also affected Astana treasury revenues. Astana, which has officially been the national budget contributor as long as since 2016, today sets new records in tax collecting.
Only in June, the local budget revenues of the city from the services sector increased 2.5 times. Increase in purchasing power on account of the coming city guests and various types of allowances granted under programs of small and middle scale business development led to growth of the SMB enterprises number.
“Already, we can see how farseeing was the decision of President concerning hosting of the Exhibition. This project turned out to be an anti-crisis one and now it makes a very good multiplicative effect. I think all the Kazakhstani should be proud of the achievements we have today due to the Exhibition”, stressed Mr. Akhmetzhan Yessimov.
Special attention must be paid to the growing interest of the international community in Astana.
“Very strong interest was caused by the Exhibition Theme. You can see that every day we celebrate national days: 115 countries and 22 international organizations strive to show their developments in this field, and this causes considerably profound interest of visitors. Therefore, having 37 days left till the Exhibition closure we have already reached our planned figures. And what concerns attendance rate of the EXPO international pavilions and facilities, it has already exceeded 15 million,” marked Mr. Akhmetzhan Yessimov.
At that, Chairman of Board reminded that the final summary of the Exhibition will be drawn after the official Closure Ceremony which, may we remind you, will take place on September 10. So, everyone who has not yet visited EXPO-2017has one month exactly to make a decision.