As we know, the Uzbek government has been paying significant attention to the development of tourism in the country during the last years by easing visa procedures to Uzbekistan, creating modern facilities and services for tourists visiting Uzbekistan and upgrading the infrastructure of the cities.
Within the framework of such efforts and action plan of the government, a number of famous international hotel chains have been launching their branches in Uzbekistan’s various cities, including the capital Tashkent, magnificent Samarkand, ancient Bukhara, peerless Khiva, during recent years. One of such well-established hotels has opened its doors to its guests in the ancient city of Bukhara.
The grand opening of the Hotel Wyndham Bukhara is taking place today, on 26 December, and is attended by the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Cultural Heritage Nusratilla Zikrillaev, the Khokim of Bukhara region Botir Zaripov and other government officials. Other guests and media representatives are also participating in the official opening ceremony of Wyndham Bukhara today.
At the opening ceremony of the hotel, the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Cultural Heritage Nusratilla Zikrillaev read out the congratulations of Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Tourism and Cultural Heritage Aziz Abdukhakimov.
“It should be noted that under the leadership of the head of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, a number of reforms are being implemented in Uzbekistan to develop the tourism sector.
If you pay attention to the numbers, as a result of the reforms carried out, as of November of this year, 4,879 accommodation establishments for 113,570 places operate in Uzbekistan, the congratulation says. As a result of the creation of 78 accommodation facilities for 2311 places in the Bukhara region in January and December of this year, today there are 179 hotels for 8187 places, 17 hostels for 2024 places, 213 for 1932 places and 4 for 85 places, other types of accommodation facilities are located in operation. We believe that the Wyndham Bukhara Hotel will also contribute to the further development of tourism in Bukhara. while providing tourists visiting the Bukhara region with world-class services.”
Through the efforts of the Uzbek government, various facilities have been created to accommodate 12,314 guests on the basis of 480 hotels of large and small sizes in the Bukhara region so far.
“For example, in 2022, 83 new large and small hotels and accommodation facilities with a total capacity of 2,208 people were built and put into operation. According to the mayor, about 1,300 permanent jobs have been created in this area in two years, says Botir Komilov. “About 200 young men and women are provided with work at the Wyndham Bukhara hotel, which is starting its work today.”
Hotel Wyndham Bukhara has been reconstructed out of the former Bukhara Palace Hotel, which was first opened back in 1996. The reconstruction of the hotel was accomplished by Wide Tent System and begins its work under the new brand Wyndham Bukhara.
The newly reconstructed hotel Wyndham Bukhara offers 212 additional rooms and 450 beds, including 4 presidential rooms for guests staying in. Other additional services such as large conference rooms, restaurants, bars, a swimming pool, fitness room, Turkish and Finnish baths, and parking are also provided at the WYNDHAM BUKHARA premises. The hotel was reconstructed by the Turkish company KOC Construction.
As a result of ongoing reforms aimed at the rapid development of tourism in Uzbekistan, the number of tourists and pilgrims visiting Bukhara is increasing day by day, creating more demand for accommodation and service facilities for visitors. In particular, the number of tourists visiting the Bukhara region in 2022 is 2.7 million people. The number of foreign tourists has increased by 552.6 thousand and increased 11 times compared to the same period last year.
Today, the region offers its tourists 15 types of tourism in Bukhara, including pilgrimage tourism, gastronomic tourism, business, ecotourism, ethno-tourism, wine tourism, sports, educational, medical tourism, transit, safari, agrotourism, historical tourism and MICE tourism.
The Uzbek government intends to increase the number of foreign tourists to 7 million, and the number of domestic tourists to 12 million in the coming year 2023.