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Major tour operators from South Korea visit Uzbekistan’s historical and tourist sites
01 December 2023
Major tour operators from South Korea visit Uzbekistan’s historical and tourist sites

As Uzbekistan promotes its tourism opportunities all over the world, particularly in East Asia, interest among South Korean tourists and Korean travel companies willing to cooperate with Uzbekistan in the field of tourism exchange.

As one of such measures, a trip to Uzbekistan for representatives of travel companies and the media of South Korea was organized with the assistance of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Seoul.

Among the South Korean representatives who traveled to Uzbekistan were “Hana Tour”, “Mode Tour”, “Yellow Ballon”, and the newspaper “Sege Yoheng Shinmun”, which is popular among tourists. The guests traveled along the famous tourist routes of Uzbekistan, the ancient architectural monuments of the cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, as well as the newly opened international tourist center "Great Silk Road" in the city of Samarkand.

“Koreans are very interested in visiting Uzbekistan, especially the “World Capital of Cultural Tourism” - the city of Samarkand, as well as the ancient architectural monuments of the cities of Bukhara and Khiva, which are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Visiting Surkhandarya - the cultural center of the ancient Buddhist civilization is another aspect, which attracts Korean tourists traveling to Uzbekistan” says the head travel company "T&M Tour" Yoon Kwang Shik.

As a result of raising interest among South Korean travel companies, several negotiations are being held and cooperation agreements with Uzbek tour operators are being signed.

During the visit to Uzbekistan, Korean guests also got acquainted with the large-scale work being carried out to develop new types of tourism in Uzbekistan, such as pilgrimage, environmental, educational, ethnographic, gastronomic, sports, entrepreneurial, youth and family tourism.

“The purpose of our visit to Uzbekistan, which is the heart of Central Asia, is to explore its potential and prepare a program for ourselves, taking into account those aspects that we like and want to send many tourists in the future,” says a representative of the tour operator Hana Tour" by Pang Ki Yong.

Industry experts from South Korea who visited Uzbekistan gathered necessary information about the historical monuments of Uzbekistan and efforts to preserve them for future generations, privileges and opportunities in the tourism sector. The sides have agreed to further strengthen cooperative relations between South Korea and Uzbekistan in the future, and increase the number of Korean tourists traveling to Uzbekistan. 

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