One of the major Russian tour operators - Pegas Touristik - plans to start active sales of tours to Uzbekistan to Russian tourists in the coming days. All tours with departure from Moscow to six cities of Uzbekistan: Tashkent, Ferghana, Namangan, Samarkand, Urgench and Karshi. The travel packages will be based on regular flights of Nord Wind airline .
They are making the last technical preparations to launch sales: placing tours on the site and in the booking system, said CEO of the company Anna Podgornaya. The company will offer sightseeing tour packages including flight, transfer, accommodation in hotels of the selected category and insurance.
So far, all tour programs are designed to start only from Moscow, but if the interest grows, the tour operator will consider expanding the flight program to Uzbekistan from regions of the Russian Federation, said Anna Podgornaya.
“This is a wonderful and very interesting direction. In principle, we see great potential in the CIS countries for the Russian market, and Pegas Touristik will undoubtedly continue to work on expanding such an offer for Russians,” - the operator’s CEO concluded.
Colleagues from Uzbekistan generally positively assess the entrance of major tour operator and growing interest to Uzbekistan as a tourist destination. They agree that the arrival of such a large player will positively affect the growth of tourist traffic from Russia to Uzbekistan. The main question is whether the new company will be able to find accommodation facilities to accommodate its tourists.
The high season in Uzbekistan has already started, and considering that this year Uzbekistan abolished visas for 45 countries, and introduced evisa for another 39 states, there is a sharp influx of tourists felt. At the same time, the country's infrastructure is not yet ready for such spike in a number of guests. Considering the current volume of requests, we lack about 30% of places in hotels, about 70% of railway tickets, and 70% of guides. Even now, if a group of 16 friends would think about a trip to Uzbekistan in October, they simply won't be able to stay all in the same hotel due to lack of rooms in the hotels.
The number of tourists has been growing for many years now, new groups from Germany, for example, could only be flown in December, considering that the high season in Uzbekistan is from March to June and from September to November. Given the active construction of hotels, the situation with accommodation facilities should improve in 2020.