In­vest­ment Tourism Fo­rum

Tashkent has just hosted the 1st In­ter­na­tional Tourism In­vest­ment Fo­rum ded­i­cated to the ac­tive devel­op­ment of the tourism in­dus­try in our coun­try and at­tract­ing for­eign di­rect in­vest­ment.

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The event is held by the state com­mit­tees of the repub­lic for the devel­op­ment of tourism and in­vest­ment in co­op­er­a­tion with the min­istries of for­eign af­fairs, for­eign trade and the Cham­ber of Com­merce and In­dus­try.

On Novem­ber 19–20, the fo­rum was held at the Uz­ex­pocen­ter NEC, to­day the par­tic­i­pants of the event went to the sites.

The fo­rum is at­tended by over 300 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of 48 coun­tries, in par­tic­u­lar the United States, Great Bri­tain, Ger­many, Spain, Italy, Aus­tria, Bel­gium, Rus­sia, Turkey, China, the Repub­lic of Korea, Ja­pan, Sin­ga­pore, Malaysia, the United Arab Emi­rates, the states of Cen­tral Asia, Afghanistan, and also rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, large for­eign com­pa­nies.

At the open­ing of the in­ter­na­tional fo­rum, Deputy Prime Min­is­ter of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan A. Ab­dukhaki­mov, head of the re­gional rep­re­sen­ta­tive of­fice of the In­ter­na­tional Fi­nance Cor­po­ra­tion for Cen­tral Asia K. Col­bert and oth­ers noted the large-scale re­forms to de­velop the tourist po­ten­tial of Uzbek­istan and its pro­mo­tion in the world mar­ket.

It was noted that the fo­rum con­trib­utes to fa­mil­iar­iz­ing the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of in­ter­na­tional busi­ness cir­cles with the op­por­tu­ni­ties of our coun­try in the tourism sec­tor, the level of eco­nomic devel­op­ment, at­trac­tive con­di­tions for busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives and in­vestors.

A video mes­sage from the Deputy Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the World Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion, Jaime Al­berto Ca­bala, was shown at the event to the fo­rum par­tic­i­pants.

Our coun­try pays great at­ten­tion to the pop­u­lar­iza­tion of tourism and the devel­op­ment of its new di­rec­tions. As part of the ex­e­cu­tion of the De­cree of the Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev “On mea­sures to en­sure the ac­cel­er­ated devel­op­ment of the tourism in­dus­try” of De­cem­ber 2, 2016, ac­tive work is be­ing done to cre­ate a modern in­fra­struc­ture that meets in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

To­day Uzbek­istan has a visa-free regime for 18 states, a sim­pli­fied pro­ce­dure for ob­tain­ing visas for 50 states has been in­tro­duced. Pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity to visit our coun­try for cit­i­zens en­gaged in tran­sit flights al­lows to sig­nif­i­cantly in­crease the flow of tourists ar­riv­ing from 101 states. Thanks to the use of the elec­tronic visa sys­tem over the past three months, more than 20 thou­sand peo­ple have used this type of ser­vice.

In gen­eral, over 10 months of this year, more than 4.4 mil­lion for­eign tourists vis­ited Uzbek­istan. This is two times more com­pared to the same pe­riod last year. It is ex­pected that by the end of the year the num­ber of tourists will be 5 mil­lion.

Our coun­try, lo­cated on the an­cient Great Silk Road, is fa­mous for its an­cient cities, unique his­tor­i­cal mon­u­ments, di­ver­sity and rich­ness of cus­toms and tra­di­tions. The con­ve­nient geo­graph­i­cal lo­ca­tion of Uzbek­istan in the re­gion makes it pos­si­ble to pop­u­lar­ize tourism in terms of fa­mil­iar­iza­tion with the cen­turies-old achieve­ments of civ­i­liza­tion. This is an im­por­tant fac­tor in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of in­vest­ment projects in the tourism sec­tor of the coun­try.

At the fo­rum, par­tic­i­pants were pro­vided with in­for­ma­tion on the grow­ing ac­tiv­ity of en­trepreneurs in the in­vest­ment sphere, in par­tic­u­lar, on tax and cus­toms ben­e­fits for en­trepreneurs in the field of tourism, li­cens­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­ce­dures. Thus, it is pos­si­ble to al­lo­cate land for in­vestors for the con­struc­tion of tourist in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties with­out elec­tronic auc­tions.

“The pri­vate sec­tor’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the tourism in­dus­try is ex­pand­ing in Uzbek­istan,” said Sodik Badak, ad­viser to the chair­man of the State Tourism Devel­op­ment Com­mit­tee from Turkey. “In­di­vid­u­als come up with a num­ber of tourism devel­op­ment ini­tia­tives. In Uzbek­istan, we are de­vel­op­ing a project to or­ga­nize the ac­tiv­i­ties of as­so­ci­a­tions that will be en­gaged in sup­port­ing these ini­tia­tives. The close friend­ship of Uzbek­istan with neigh­bor­ing coun­tries al­lows to ac­tively de­velop tourism in the re­gion and com­pre­hen­sively im­prove the in­fra­struc­ture nec­es­sary for this.

At the event, well-known in­vest­ment com­pa­nies from the USA, China, the Repub­lic of Korea, the United King­dom, the Nether­lands, Sin­ga­pore and Turkey showed in­ter­est in de­vel­op­ing joint projects to cre­ate a tourist in­fra­struc­ture in our coun­try.

At the in-ses­sion ses­sions of the fo­rum held at the In­ter­na­tional Trade Cen­ter (ITC), pro­pos­als for projects in­volv­ing in­vest­ment in the ho­tel busi­ness, the pro­vi­sion of build­ings and struc­tures, and land plots with in­vest­ment com­mit­ments were dis­cussed. There were heard re­ports of do­mes­tic and for­eign ex­perts on trans­port and lo­gis­tics, low-cost air­lines and air­lines, as well as the con­struc­tion of ethno­graphic vil­lages and theme parks in our coun­try. Bi­lat­eral meet­ings and ne­go­ti­a­tions on the prospects for the in­tro­duc­tion of in­no­va­tive tech­nolo­gies and in­ter­ac­tive sys­tems in the tourism sec­tor took place.

The fo­rum pre­sented more than 500 in­vest­ment projects from all re­gions of our coun­try, in par­tic­u­lar, projects of the free tourist zone Char­vak, Sa­markand city, An­cient Bukhara, small tourist zones in the Surkhandarya re­gion, as well as Ol­ma­zor city and Fer­gana road in Tashkent.

“Large-scale re­forms are un­der way in Uzbek­istan to ac­tively de­velop the tourism in­dus­try,” says San­tana Bhat­tacharya, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the In­dian com­pany Cox & Kings Global Ser­vices. - In the course of our ac­tiv­i­ties in var­i­ous coun­tries we de­velop rec­om­men­da­tions for im­prov­ing tourism. In this process, in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions are de­vel­oped. As part of the fo­rum, we re­ceived de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about the tourism po­ten­tial of your coun­try and the ser­vices pro­vided. Thanks to this, we can in­vest in Uzbek­istan, at­tract for­eign part­ners who want to or­ga­nize a tourism busi­ness.

The par­tic­i­pants of the event got ac­quainted with the ex­hi­bi­tion of na­tional hand­i­craft prod­ucts and tourist op­por­tu­ni­ties of the re­gions or­ga­nized in the Uz­ex­pocen­ter NEC.

Within the frame­work of the fo­rum, meet­ings were held in B2B and B2G for­mats, and agree­ments on co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields were signed be­tween min­istries, de­part­ments, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the busi­ness com­mu­nity and for­eign in­vestors.

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