32 countries will take part in this year's Tashkent International Tourism Fair (TITF) – «Tourism on the Silk Road». This year the program includes a number of international and local projects in the field of tourism and culture, with an emphasis on the development of the business environment.
For the first time the UK takes part in it: a large-scale presentation of the English tourist potential will take place, at which the most interesting tourist destinations will be presented, including educational tourism, and fruitful B2B meetings with Uzbek colleagues.
From 3 to 5 October, within the framework of TITF there will be presentations of the interactive service of Uzbekistan Pass on the topic: "Interactive Tourist Services"; "Pac Group" (Kazakhstan) - "All colors of the world with PAC GROUP": "Booking system SILKROAD.UZ, integrated with the systems
E-MEHMONXONA, SAYYOH" (Kabus Development company).
The Miran International Hotel will host B2B meetings for participants of the Hosted Buyers program with tour operators in Uzbekistan. The specialized program "Professional Buyer / Hosted Buyers" is a significant event in the tourism of Uzbekistan, whose goal is to conclude mutually beneficial contracts and establish professional partnerships.
As stressed in his speech at the press conference, the head of the State Committee for the Development of Tourism in Uzbekistan A.A. Abdukhakimov, Hosted Buyers will participate in this year more 50 representatives of travel companies from 28 countries.
To conduct negotiations and establish cooperation between foreign companies and tour operators of Uzbekistan, a B2B meeting will be organized in which about
100 Uzbek travel companies will take part. Additionally, study tours to the largest tourist centers of Uzbekistan - Samarkand and Khiva - will be organized for the participants of the Hosted Buyers program.
On October 3-5, the trading tents of the participants of the exhibition East Bazaar will work. On the territory adjacent to the first pavilion of the exhibition center "Uzexpocenter" a national-style fair will be organized to demonstrate coloring and trade features in the markets of Uzbekistan. The event will be attended by artisans from the regions of Uzbekistan, restaurants and folklore groups.
On October 6, an international conference under the auspices of UNWTO on the topic "Silk Road in the Historical Projection of the Development of International Tourism" will be held in Khiva.
The Silk Road in the historical projection represents a unique cultural value for humanity, as well as a link in the development of tourism, economy and socio-cultural transformation of all countries. UNWTO and other authoritative international organizations of the United Nations pay special attention not only to the study and preservation of the cultural, historical and natural heritage, but also to the creation of favorable socio-economic conditions for the development of tourism on it.
According to a study recently conducted for UNWTO by the world's largest website, the Trip Advisor, more than 80% of travelers in the world know about the Silk Road, and the international magazine Forbes has recognized the Silk Road as one of the most powerful brands.
Uzbekistan occupies a special place here, after which the status of the "heart of the Silk Road" is rightfully preserved, and it is an active participant in the UN transcontinental project, UNWTO and UNESCO to revive tourism on the ancient, historic Silk Road route.
The aim of the conference is to create an international platform for the exchange of experience, establish dialogue and unite joint efforts to promote and develop the cultural, historical and natural heritage of the Silk Road, create a platform for discussion of plans and further possible cooperation.
Within the framework of the conference, an excursion program will be organized for the open-air museum - "Ichan-kala" in Khiva.
Starting from February 1 a visa-free regime is introduced for citizens of Israel, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Singapore, Turkey and Japan. Citizens of these countries will be able to visit Uzbekistan without visa and stay for up to 30 days. All they will need is just to have a valid passport and upon arrival to Uzbekistan to pass a border control, procedure that takes on average 1-2 minutes.