“Belt and Road News”, one of the leading mass media of Hong Kong has recently published an article about the tourism potential and ongoing reforms in of Uzbekistan in the field of tourism named "Uzbekistan paves the way for the return of international tourists".
The article describes Uzbekistan as being the cross road of the Great Silk Road and having played a historically significant role in the development of trade relations, as well as cultural exchange between the East and the West. The cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva were mentioned to for being cultural and educational centers, thus bringing great contribution to the development of ancient civilizations in the history. These three cities of Uzbekistan, having saved their architectural monuments today, are in the center of the world travelers’ attraction and interest.
Uzbekistan’s current measures on making the country more attractive for tourists and the activities of the government on promoting Uzbekistan’s tourism potential in the world travel market were highlighted in the article. The ongoing reforms, which also include creating convenient conditions being provided for private companies of the tourism sector, indeed have great effect in the recovery and further development of the tourism sector of Uzbekistan. One of the additional measures taken lately would be a 10-day visa-free regime is introduced by Uzbekistan starting 1 March 2021 for Chinese citizens, including the special administrative regions of Hong Kong and Macau. The same visa-free conditions also apply to Bahrain, Qatar, Kuwait, the Sultanate of Oman.
By 2025 Uzbekistan is planning to increase the number of incoming travelers to the country up to 9 million tourists, which is not an easy plan in the current pandemic conditions in the world. Belt and Road News also highlighted the activities of Uzbekistan in promoting its domestic tourism as one of the latest measures, which indeed helps the recovery and support of the tourism industry in the country during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The article also described the accent of Uzbekistan on training highly qualified and well experienced staff in the field, measures on the improvement of the infrastructure in tourist cities of Uzbekistan, as well as the enhancement of the provided service level in the tourism field overall. New tourism directions being designed and developed today in Uzbekistan, such as ecotourism, geotourism, winter sports, extreme, gastronomy tourism, tourism and others were also mentioned in the article as a part of the current reforms.