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.