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Uzbekistan’s tourism industry development issues discussed at APTA Networking Club– 2020
14 February 2020
Uzbekistan’s tourism industry development issues discussed at APTA Networking Club– 2020

The meeting between the State Committee of Uzbekistan for Tourism Development and the representatives of the travel industry of Uzbekistan under the project of APTA Networking Club – 2020 has been held in Hilton Tashkent Hotel.

It was an informal discussion, where such relevant issues as the factors preventing the country from attracting large numbers of tourists, as well as the problems faced by Uzbek tour operators, hotel owners and guest houses were raised. The travel agencies presented their own ideas on improving the conditions of the travel market, particularly, on increasing the number of foreign travelers to Uzbekistan, as well as enhancing the service quality in this regard.

Uzbekistan’s remarkable efforts on attracting more travelers and enlarging the number of foreign tourists by paying significant attention and taking relevant action on representing the country in the international market were highlighted during the meeting. Such activities as providing visa-free conditions for 86 countries in the world as of the beginning of 2020, the expansion of air transportation by introducing the “open skies” policy in the largest international airports of the country, establishing friendly relationships with the neighboring countries and the introduction of reasonable internal flights could be noted among these activities.

It was also mentioned that the government of Uzbekistan is taking drastic measures on improving the touristic infrastructure of the country by introducing benefits and subsidies for hotel owners, organizing better infrastructure in the new touristic centers all over the country.

In 2019 The Association of Private Tourism Agencies of Uzbekistan together with the Uzbek State Committee for Tourism Development has launched the project APTA Networking Club– 2020, with the representatives of the travel industry as the members of the project. APTA Networking Club is an open discussion platform uniting the representatives of the hotel business and touristic companies in order to address the pressing issues that occur during their operation.

As a result of the meeting, relevant recommendations and proposals against the raised issues have been submitted, with the aim of attracting more visitors and providing high-quality service to a larger number of tourists to Uzbekistan.

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