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.
“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.