Tourism Prospects

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The Pres­i­dent of Uzbek­istan Shavkat Mirziy­oyev has led a meet­ing to dis­cuss the prospects of tourism devel­op­ment in our coun­try.

Tourism is one of the im­por­tant branches of the econ­omy. It is nec­es­sary to fur­ther im­prove this sec­tor with the ef­fec­tive use of ex­ist­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, this is re­quired by the time it­self, said Shavkat Mirziy­oyev.

Uzbek­istan is an at­trac­tive coun­try for travel and pil­grim­age. Out­stand­ing sci­en­tists and thinkers known to the whole world have found eter­nal peace on our sa­cred land. Their rich spir­i­tual and cul­tural her­itage is still of great in­ter­est all over the world. First of all, it is nec­es­sary to im­prove the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture in or­der to fur­ther de­velop the sphere. First, it is trans­port, and sec­ondly, lo­gis­tics, the Pres­i­dent stressed.

As noted at the meet­ing, for 9 months of this year, our coun­try was vis­ited by about 1.8 mil­lion tourists, which is a 17% growth from the same pe­riod in 2016. The ex­port of tourist ser­vices in­creased by the same amount - it amounted to $ 1.86 bil­lion. Ac­cord­ing to fore­casts, by the end of the year the num­ber of tourists ar­riv­ing in our coun­try will ex­ceed 2.5 mil­lion peo­ple.

Large-scale projects are re­al­ized in this di­rec­tion in the re­pub­lic. In par­tic­u­lar, in re­cent years such new tourist des­ti­na­tions as moun­taineer­ing, trav­el­ing on horses, camels, bi­cy­cles, off-road tours, fish­ing, raft­ing, heli-ski­ing, geo­tourism, ed­u­ca­tional tourism, med­i­cal tourism and oth­ers are be­com­ing pop­u­lar.

Over the past pe­riod, in ac­cor­dance with the in­struc­tions of the head of our state, pro­grams aimed at im­prov­ing the tourism in­fra­struc­ture in Khorezm, Bukhara, Sa­markand, Surkhandarya, Kashkadarya, Jiz­zakh and Ferghana re­gions, the or­ga­ni­za­tion of new tourist routes and the wide pro­mo­tion of the tourist po­ten­tial of the re­gions were adopted. In par­tic­u­lar, in Bukhara and Sa­markand, work is un­der­way to cre­ate roundthe-clock tourist zones «An­cient Bukhara» and «Sa­markand City» with an area of 10 hectares each which will serve for tourists.

Com­plex mea­sures for ar­rang­ing guest houses on the ter­ri­tory of Bostan­lyk, Parkent and Ahangaran-An­gren tourist clus­ters in the Tashkent re­gion were de­vel­oped and are re­al­ized.

The de­cree of the Pres­i­dent of our coun­try «On pri­or­ity mea­sures for the devel­op­ment of the sphere of tourism for 2018-2019» of Au­gust 16, 2017 raised the level of work in this di­rec­tion to a new phase.

In ac­cor­dance with this de­cree, a spe­cial pro­gram was ap­proved aimed at solv­ing es­sen­tial prob­lems be­hind the sphere. On the base of this doc­u­ment, it is pro­jected the or­ga­ni­za­tion of sim­i­lar in­di­vid­ual tourist zones in the cities of Tashkent, Ur­gench and in Ferghana re­gion. It also pro­vides the adop­tion of sep­a­rate pro­grams in such ar­eas of tourism as med­i­cal, recre­ational, agro- and eco­tourism. One of the most sig­nif­i­cant fac­tors in the devel­op­ment of mod­ern tourism is the unique na­ture of our coun­try. Uzbek­istan is the lead­ing state in Cen­tral Asia where eco­tourism is most ad­vanced. Our coun­try at­tracts tourists with its rich flora and fauna, unique land­scapes, na­tional tra­di­tions and di­verse cui­sine. In the Ugam-Chatkal state nat­u­ral na­tional park, in its con­stituent Chatkal state bio­sphere re­serve, the Ai­dar-Ar­na­sai lakes sys­tem and Chim­gan-Char­vak re­sort and re­cre­ation zone, sig­nif­i­cant work is car­ried out as a part of solv­ing the tourism devel­op­ment is­sues in Uzbek­istan.

At the meet­ing the head of our state stressed the need to elab­o­rate spe­cial pro­grams for tourists in each di­rec­tion, that is, from Europe, Asia and other con­ti­nents, in­crease the num­ber of char­ter flights and trips by rail, in-depth study of the ex­pe­ri­ence of for­eign coun­tries with de­vel­oped tourism, pro­mote do­mes­tic tourism, im­prove tourist fa­cil­i­ties, boost the qual­ity of ser­vice.

Cre­ation of a uni­fied data­base on all ob­jects of his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural her­itage, nat­u­ral and lo­cal, na­tional pro­tected zones, im­prove­ment of the le­gal and reg­u­la­tory frame­work for tourism, and uni­fi­ca­tion of ef­forts of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties and the pub­lic to de­velop tourism in the re­gions is an im­por­tant as­pect in the ad­vance­ment of the sphere. In or­der to carry out the work in this di­rec­tion, a solid le­gal ba­sis was cre­ated in our coun­try, spe­cial pro­grams for the re­gions were de­vel­oped, and this process is con­sis­tently con­tin­u­ing.

In the dy­namic devel­op­ment of the tourism in­dus­try of our coun­try, the pro­vi­sion of pri­or­ity par­tic­i­pa­tion of the pri­vate sec­tor also plays an im­por­tant role. Cur­rently, hun­dreds of en­trepreneurs and ar­ti­sans are in­volved in tourism; they are en­gaged in the pro­duc­tion of sou­venirs, ho­tel fa­cil­i­ties, and the pro­vi­sion of ser­vices to tourists.

The tourist ex­hi­bi­tions abroad are also mo­men­tous. In or­der to pop­u­lar­ize our na­tional cul­tural her­itage, fur­ther at­tract for­eign tourists and de­velop do­mes­tic tourism, tourist or­ga­ni­za­tions of our coun­try or­ga­nize rel­e­vant events and par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­na­tional ex­hi­bi­tions in such large cities of the world as Madrid, Riga, Ber­lin, Paris, Tokyo, Lon­don, Moscow, Is­tan­bul and oth­ers. This, of course, gives its re­sults, con­trib­utes to the growth of the for­eign tourists’ flow to our coun­try.

Dur­ing the meet­ing it was also con­sid­ered the is­sues of fur­ther ex­pand­ing the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the pri­vate sec­tor in the ac­cel­er­ated devel­op­ment of the tourism in­dus­try, pro­vid­ing them with ben­e­fits, train­ing and im­prov­ing the skills of the per­son­nel in the sphere, ex­pand­ing the range of new tourist prod­ucts.

The head of our state in­structed the heads of the rel­e­vant com­mit­tees, min­istries and de­part­ments to turn tourism into not only a sea­sonal but also a year­round source of in­come, strengthen ties with for­eign part­ners, ef­fec­tively ap­ply new meth­ods and ap­proaches in at­tract­ing tourists, and draft rel­e­vant de­ci­sions on the dis­cussed is­sues.

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