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26th Tashkent International Tourism Fair “Tourism on the Silk Road 2020” to be held online
09 November 2020
26th Tashkent International Tourism Fair “Tourism on the Silk Road 2020” to be held online

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.


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Did you know?

Uzbekistan is one of only two countries in the world to be ‘double landlocked’ (landlocked and totally surrounded by other landlocked countries). Liechtenstein is double landlocked by 2 countries whilst Uzbekistan is surrounded by 5!

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It is Uzbek tradition that the most respected guest be seated farthest from the house’s entrance.

Tashkent’s metro features chandeliers, marble pillars and ceilings, granite, and engraved metal. It has been called one of the most beautiful train stations in the world.

The Uzbek master chef is able to cook in just one caldron enough plov to serve a thousand men.

When you are a host to someone, it is your duty to fill their cups with for the whole time they are with you.  What you must not do, however, is to fill their cup more than half-full.  If you do that as a mistake, say it is a mistake immediately.  Doing it means you want them to leave.  Wow!  Amazing, right?

To Uzbeks, respect means a whole lot.  For this reason they love it if, even as foreigners, you endeavour to add the respectful suffix opa after a woman's name; and aka after a man's.  Example: Linda-opa and David-aka.  You could also use hon and jon respectively.

Having been an historic crossroads for centuries as part of various ancient empires, Uzbekistan’s food is very eclectic. It has its roots in Iranian, Arab, Indian, Russian and Chinese cuisine.

Though identified with the Persia, the Zoroastrism probably originated in Bactria or Sogdiana. Many distinguished scholars share an opinion that Zoroastrianism had originated in the ancient Khorezm. Indeed, today in the world there were found 63 Zoroastrian monuments, including those in Iran, India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Thirty-eight of them are in Uzbekistan, whereas 17 of these monuments are located in Khorezm.

One of Islam's most sacred relics - the world's oldest Koran that was compiled in Medina by Othman, the third caliph or Muslim leader, is kept in Tashkent. It was completed in the year 651, only 19 years after Muhammad's death. 

Tashkent is the only megapolis in the world where public transport is totally comprised of Mercedes buses. And due to low urban air polution it is one of the few cities where one can still see the stars in the sky.

You would be surprised to know that modern TV was born in Tashkent. No joke! The picture of moving objects was transmitted by radio first time in the world in Tashkent on 26 of July 1928 by inventors B.P. Grabovsky and I.F. Belansky.

Uzbekistan is the only country in the world all of whose neighbours have their names ending in STAN. This is also the only country in Central Asia that borders all of the countries of this region

Uzbeks are the third populous Turkik ethnicity in the world after Turks and Azeris (leaving both in Azerbaijan and Iran)

Did you know that there was silk money in Khiva? Super interesting right? Of course, but the best part of having silk money was that it could be sewn into your clothing.

Famous Islamic physician Ibn Sina (Avicenna in the Latin world) who was born near Bukhara was the one of the first people to advocate using women’s hair as suture material – about 1400 years ago.

Uzbekistan has a long and bloody history. The most notorious leader of Uzbekistan was Timur (or Tamerlane) who claimed descent from Genghis Khan. His military campaigns have been credited for wiping out some 5% of the world’s population at the time.

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Uzbekistan has been ranked one of the safest countries in the world, according to a new global poll. The annual Gallup Global Law and Order asked if people felt safe walking at night and whether they had been victims of crime. The survey placed Uzbekistan 5th out of 135 countries, while the UK was 21st and the US 35th. Top five safest countries:

  • Singapore
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  • Iceland
  • Finland
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