The tourist industry is dynamically developing in the region.
In 2017, the number of accommodation facilities amounted to 232 units. and increased by 3.1%. The number of rooms in placements amounted to 4749 units with an increase of 2.4%. The number of served visitors in January-December 2017 increased by 21.2% and amounted to 292.5 thousand visitors. Of the total number of visitors, 92.9% were residents of other regions of the republic, 7.1% were foreign citizens. The volume of services provided by accommodation facilities increased by 9.1% and amounted to 4,226.0 million tenge.
The main tourist centers of the region, where there is potential for the development of tourism, are the city of Karaganda, Ulytau, Aktogay, Karkaraly regions, the center of development of beach tourism - the coast of Lake Balkhash.
Ulytau region is a region for the development of ecological, historical, pilgrim, as well as sightseeing tourism. The main resources are the mountains of Aulietau, historical and cultural monuments (the mazars of Zhosha Khan, Alash Khan, the ancient cities of Baskamyr, Ayakkamyr, rock drawings of Terektaulie, etc.). On the territory there are 3 hotels, 2 recreation areas, a museum-reserve of republican significance “Ulytau” and the only museum of mining and copper-smelting history in Zhezdy, in the Republic.
Karkaraly district is one of the centers of recreational recreation. There are 23 houses and recreation areas, hotels and children's camps. On the basis of the State National Natural Park "Karkaraly" there are 6 tourist excursion routes.
The Balkhash region includes the territories of the cities of Balkhash and Priozersk and the territory of the Aktogay region of the coast of Balkhash lake. The main tourist resources of the region are Lake Balkhash, mountain range Bektauat, Kyzylarai reserve, peak Aksoran.
The tourist infrastructure of the Balkhash region comprises 57 accommodation facilities, including 21 hotels, 5 houses and rest homes, 3 motels, 25 one-storey bungalows, cottages, rural houses (chalets), 2 children's camps, 1 tourist base. Of these, in the town of Balkhash - 15 hotels, 3 rest homes, 3 motels, 16 one-story bungalows, cottages, rural houses (chalets); in Priozersk- 4 hotels; In Aktogay district -2 hotels, 2 houses and a rest house, 2 children's camps, 9 one-storey bungalows and cottages, 1 tourist base. In 2015, the Balkhash medical and health complex for 120 visitors was commissioned 5 kilometers from the city of Priozersk; the cost of the project is more than 5 billion tenge.
Karaganda city is the center of business, cultural, educational, sports tourism. Here is the largest number of places of accommodation and tourist organizations. The tourist infrastructure consists of 76 accommodation facilities, which include 65 hotels, 3 motels, 8 one-story bungalows, cottages and rural houses (chalets). On the territory of the city there are about 50 monuments of history and culture.
In 2017, in order to develop tourism infrastructure in the region, 9 projects were implemented for a total amount of 2.4 billion tenge, 114 jobs were created.
In total, within the framework of the EP “Business Road Map 2020”, 24 projects in the field of tourism were supported for an investment of 2.4 billion tenge, including in 2017 3 projects for an investment of 264.1 million tenge.
Information about the tourist potential of the region is available on the website www.visitkazakhstan.kz, on the official website of the Administration of Entrepreneurship of the Karaganda region www.upkrg.kz and on the tourist portal of the Republic of Kazakhstan www.kazakhstan.travel.