The press conference dedicated to the 26th Tashkent International Tourism Fair “Tourism on the Silk Road 2020” has been held. The event was opened by the Deputy Chairman of the Uzbek State Committee for Tourism Development Ulugbek Azamov.
In accordance with the Decree of the Cabinet of Ministers Uzbekistan dated 5 November 2019, Regulation on organizing annual Tashkent International Tourism Fair “Tourism on the Silk Road 2020” was adopted.
Tashkent International Tourism Fair has been held since 1995 under the official support of the UNWTO (The World Tourism Organization). The purpose of the event is to organize an international platform for the exchange of experience, establishing a dialogue and uniting joint efforts on promoting and developing the cultural, historical and natural heritage of the Silk Road, as well as designing a platform for discussing mutual plans and further possible collaboration in this field.
Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has inflicted serious losses on the world tourism industry overall. The cancellation of international flights all over the world has caused the cancellation of many large international travel events as a result. The world tourism market started reviewing its policies on accepting tourists taking into account health and safety measures for visitors and travelers, as well as holding international events in a virtual format.
Due to the epidemiological situation in the world today and to meet the new health and safety requirements, the organizers of “Tourism on the Silk Road 2020” have decided to hold the planned 26th Fair in the format of an online forum. The event will take place during 11-13 November 2020 and will be the first major international event held online since the beginning of “Tourism on the Silk Road 2020”. Traditionally, the organizer of the event will be the Uzbek State Committee for Tourism Development.
The official website of “Tourism on the Silk Road 2020” (www.uzbekistan.travel/titf-online/) has been developed for holding the online forum, where the translations of all conferences held on the Zoom platform will be available. Anyone interested in taking part in the sessions can either register in advance on the website for participation, or can directly watch the conference session in real-time online. The recordings of the conferences will be saved and available for watching later as well.
The online forum will cover 6 major sessions, where the leading experts of the tourism industry from Singapore, Russia, Great Britain, India, France, Germany, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan will participate. The speakers of the forum will share their ideas and visions on improving the tourism industry during COVID-19, finding the ways out of the crisis, providing safe tourism for travelers and how to enter the international market.
The following topics will be discussed during the sessions: “How to improve the tourism industry after COVID-19”, “Investments as a base for recovering the tourism industry after the pandemic”, “Better access to the Western European market”, "The New System: Uzbekistan. Safe travel guaranteed", “Realization of the project on establishing a Single Travel Route between Turkey, China and Central Asia” and many others.