Pend­ing In­dus­trial Tourism Boom

“In Uzbek­istan, it is time to de­velop in­dus­trial tourism. Th­ese ar­eas will be quite in­ter­est­ing not only for stu­dents, but also for adults. We have some­thing to show,” said Aziz Ab­duhaki­mov, chair­man of the State Com­mit­tee for Tourism De­vel­op­ment.

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“In West­ern Europe, a boom in in­dus­trial tourism be­gan about a quar­ter of a cen­tury ago, when they re­al­ized that not ev­ery mod­ern tourist can be sat­is­fied with a stan­dard set of mu­se­ums, tem­ples, a city tour and a large shop­ping cen­ter. Even a sim­ple ex­cur­sion to the fac­tory, where you can see with your own eyes how your fa­vorite choco­late bars are made, or even par­tic­i­pate in pro­duc­tion, will open the fa­mil­iar city from a new per­spec­tive.

Over the past 25 years, a lot of new mod­ern en­ter­prises have been cre­ated in Uzbek­istan, and the flag­ships of the do­mes­tic in­dus­try, such as Al­ma­lyk and Navoi min­ing and smelt­ing plants, the Bek­abad met­al­lur­gi­cal plant, the Uzbek­iston Temir Yol­lari and Uzbek­iston Havo Yullari en­ter­prises, also de­vel­oped, among a lot of oth­ers. Very in­ter­est­ing from the point of view of tourism de­vel­op­ment are spe­cial eco­nomic and small in­dus­trial zones, which in re­cent years in the coun­try were cre­ated in sev­eral dozens. Where work on set­ting up en­ter­prises be­gan sev­eral years ago, there is al­ready some­thing to see. Th­ese zones are unique in that they al­low you to see the pro­duc­tion of var­i­ous prod­ucts for one tour. Take, for ex­am­ple, the Navoi Free Eco­nomic Zone. They pro­duce com­po­nents for cars, cell phones, var­i­ous com­mu­ni­ca­tion de­vices, light bulbs, pipes, per­sonal hy­giene prod­ucts, are en­gaged in the pro­cess­ing of agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, and all with the help of mod­ern tech­nolo­gies.

At the same time, it must be ac­knowl­edged that to date many en­ter­prises are not ready to re­ceive tourists. In the near fu­ture we need to work with them.

An ex­am­ple is the car fac­tory in Asaka, where work is be­ing done to pre­pare for the re­cep­tion of tourists. There is a com­fort­able hall where the guests are shown doc­u­men­tary films on the de­vel­op­ment of the en­ter­prise, there is a fac­tory mu­seum. The stay pro­gram is com­ple­mented by a visit to the pro­duc­tion halls. Vis­i­tors are shown how the blanks turn into mod­ern cars, which we use in ev­ery­day life.

An im­por­tant di­rec­tion for the de­vel­op­ment of in­dus­trial tourism in Uzbek­istan will be the in­clu­sion of such en­ter­prises in ex­ist­ing tourist routes. Their visit can sig­nif­i­cantly en­rich the ex­ist­ing tours. It is time for us to de­velop com­bined tours, which will com­bine eco­tourism and fa­mil­iar­ize with ar­chi­tec­tural mon­u­ments and in­dus­trial en­ter­prises. In the pro­pos­als of tour op­er­a­tors a wor­thy place should be taken by tours, in which a com­bi­na­tion of vis­its to sev­eral en­ter­prises of one and the same in­dus­try is com­bined.

We will do ev­ery­thing in our power to make the cur­rent year 2018 in Uzbek­istan the start­ing point for the ac­tive de­vel­op­ment of in­dus­trial tourism. And very soon we will have of­fers not only for com­pa­tri­ots, but also for­eign guests.

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