Our 2020 TiE Global Charter Member Retreat will be held at Almaty, Kazakhstan on July 2 – July 5 at the Hotel Rixos Almaty. Almaty is one of the most beautiful cities in Kazakhstan situated on the foothills of the Zailisky Alatau mountains. It is one of the largest cities in Central Asia, with a population of 1.5 million. Almaty served as the capital of Kazakhstan until 1998 and continues to be its largest trading and cultural hub.
The name Almaty comes from the word “alma”, meaning apple. There was a time, they were carefully shipped to Moscow, the distant capital of the Soviet empire, where they were a much sought-after fruit at Kremlin banquets. As part of former USSR state, you can still see Soviet era architecture, detailed reliefs, statues and mosaics around the city.
Rixos Almaty Hotel is amongst the most luxurious and elegant five-star hotels in the region, a great venue for our group’s stay and meetings. Our visit is planned over the July 4th summer holiday weekend – from July 2-5th, 2020, as the best time of the year for CMs to visit with their families.
The Rixos Almaty serves delicious international cuisine as well as central asian dishes. With 24 hour service available at the Hotel’s Lobby Bar, it will be a great place to meet other Retreat delegates or to enjoy a glass of wine with your friends.
On our Day trip outside the city, you can visit the Charyn Canyon – a mini Grand Canyon carved through the heart of the Kazakh desert. You can also take in the beauty of the clear, pristine Issyk Lake and Turgen Waterfalls, and have a great outdoor adventure. View the Itinerary and Tour information at the Almaty Retreat.
Other sights and activities will include visiting the Zenkov Catheral, (a cathedral building made completely out of wood, dating back to the Tsarist era), Big Almaty Lake, Republic Square, the Presidential Gardens, cable car ride to Kok Tobe mountains, Green Bazaar shopping, and getting to know the culture and traditions of the Kazakh people.
Kazakhstan is the main land corridor linking Russia, China and Europe. Retreat attendees will experience the ethnically diverse republic with a unique culture mix on the border between Europe and Asia. Attendees can also visit nearby locations along the Silk Route like Shymkent, Tashkent, Samarkhand, Astana, Turkestan and Taraz, en route to the Retreat.
See Registered CMs will be present at the 2020 Almaty Retreat here – Attendeespdf
TiE Retreat Chair 2020