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How Uzbekistan is promoting tourism reforms and new tourist destinations worldwide today
29 March 2023
How Uzbekistan is promoting tourism reforms and new tourist destinations worldwide today

As the world opens for tourism after the long break of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uzbekistan is entering the travel market with its upgraded new tourism image and opportunities, welcoming tourists from all over the globe to visit Uzbekistan for tourism and business.

Uzbek government has been implementing significant reforms in developing the tourism industry of the country during the past decade by simplifying visa procedures for foreigners willing to travel to Uzbekistan for tourism and business purposes, developing new tourist destinations in Uzbekistan, improving the infrastructure of the historical and tourist cities of Uzbekistan, creating more comfort and better conditions for visitors.

So far, a total of 93 countries can travel to Uzbekistan visa-free today, while over 50 countries can visit Uzbekistan with an electronic visa / e-visa. The countries that are able to visit Uzbekistan without obtaining a visa cover all EU member states and UK citizens. The current relaxation of travel to Uzbekistan has brought significant results to the tourist flow to Uzbekistan in recent years, with visitor numbers peaking at 6.7 million in 2019, right before the outbreak of the pandemic. In 2023 our country expects to outgrow the pre-pandemic numbers of international tourists visiting Uzbekistan, reaching approximately 7 million visitors.

Other measures on boosting the interest of foreign travelers to visit Uzbekistan cover promoting the tourism sector of the country on an international level, by using famous international mass media channels, including BBC, National Geographic, The Times, The Telegraph, Lonely Planet and others.

Joining international tourism events, such as participating in international tourism fairs, exhibitions, and conferences, as well as organizing cultural events abroad, including photo and art exhibitions, and expositions of the historical and cultural heritage of Uzbekistan worldwide is another example of measures of promoting the tourism of Uzbekistan today.

While developing the tourism sector as one of the strategic sectors of the national economy, new tourist destinations which were unknown or less popular among the tourists traveling to Uzbekistan are being designed and promoted by the government today.

Since most visitors who decide to travel to Uzbekistan are mainly interested in visiting the cultural and historical attractions, such as Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, in order to encourage repetitive travel to Uzbekistan, the government is also promoting religious tourism as a new tourist destination of Uzbekistan. Pilgrimage tourism to the holy sites of various religious and spiritual beliefs that have been developed in the territory of modern Uzbekistan for centuries is another attraction that could charm a religious category of tourists to visit Uzbekistan for ziarat tourism of Islamic and Sufi monuments, Buddhist and Zoroastrian monasteries that have remained in the territory of Uzbekistan until our days.

Articles about Uzbekistan and its tourism potential are being published in well-known international magazines and platforms, familiarizing foreign audiences with Uzbekistan’s historical tourist sites, newly designed tourist destinations, and modern conveniences and conditions being created for travelers visiting Uzbekistan today.

All of the above is indeed a great tool to promote the tourism of our country among the international audience, attracting interest to visit Uzbekistan not only for its classic tourist destinations but also for new types of tourism being designed in the country during the past decade. 

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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!

Did you know that Uzbekistan lies in the very heart of Eurasia, the coordinates for Uzbekistan are 41.0000° N, 69.0000°

Uzbekistan is home to the Muruntan gold mine, one of the largest open pit gold mines in the world! The country has 4th largest reserves of gold in the world after South Africa, USA and Russia

Uzbekistan is the world capital of melons. They have in excess of 150 different varieties, which form a staple part of the local diet, served fresh in the summer and eaten dried through the winter.

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.

If you have thought that some of the Islamic architecture in Uzbekistan resembles that from Northern India, then that is because Timur’s great great great Grandson, Babur Beg, was the founder of the Moghul Empire that ruled much of India for almost four centuries! Babur’s great great Grandson was Shah Jahan, who built the Taj Mahal.

Uzbekistan was once a rum producig country. There is still a real arboretum in Denau (city near Termez on the border with Afghanistan), grown from a selection station that studied the prospects of plant growing in the unusual for the Soviet Union subtropical climate of Surkhandarya region: only here in the whole of the USSR sugar cane was grown and even rum was produced!

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
  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Finland
  • Uzbekistan
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