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“Tourism on the Silk Road" (TITF 2022) has started in Tashkent, Uzbekistan
01 December 2022
“Tourism on the Silk Road" (TITF 2022) has started in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The 27th Tashkent International Tourism Fair "Tourism on the Silk Road" (TITF 2022) has opened its doors to visitors and guests in Tashkent and will last from 30 November through 2 December 2022. The organizers of the fair are the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan, the State Unitary Enterprise "National PR-Center", and the exhibition company "SAYS”.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Tourism and Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan Aziz Abdukhakimov officially opened the International Tourism Fair TITF 2022. In his speech, the Deputy Prime Minister highlighted Uzbekistan was at the center of attention of the whole world today.

“Tourism on the Silk Road- 2022” has gathered more than 300 industry representatives from 30 countries of the world.

Traditionally, TITF-2022 will cover various forums and sessions with the participation of tourism experts, master classes, exhibitions, a gastro-bazaar with master classes by international chefs, and an exhibition of artisans of Uzbekistan. The 27th Tashkent International Tourism Fair, for the first time in its history, also includes a fashion show with international and national designers, not only clothes but also jewelry.

As a part of the Tashkent International Tourism Fair, tourism organizations from more than 15 countries, including France, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, Russia, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Azerbaijan and others represent their national stands. Visitors and participants of the “Tourism on the Silk Road" (TITF 2022) will have a great opportunity to get discover more about the tourism potential of all regions of Uzbekistan in one pavilion.

Around 20 000 visitors from the local population, as well as from the CIS countries and Europe, are expected to attend the TITF-2022 site this year. Visitors and participants of the fair will have a unique chance to learn about new tourist destinations and plunge into the colorful atmosphere, culture and traditions of foreign countries. And also, it will be possible to assess the tourism potential of new locations in all regions of Uzbekistan.

Experts and specialists in the field of tourism have been invited to the TITF-2022 Forum. Among them: ambassadors of the tourism brand of Uzbekistan, representatives of BBC World News, Lonely Planet of the Association of Tourism Organizations of Central Asian countries and Russia, PR specialists and many others.

Representatives of major companies including the consulting company Mangold Consulting GmbH, DVR, the German travel company TUI Group, the International Online Travel Agency Trip.com and the Russian Association of Tour Operators (ATOR) are among the TITF participants list.

TITF-2022 is an annual tourism event that has been held since 1995 with the support of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). Every year, the exhibition brings together hundreds of tourism industry professionals from all over the world and creates conditions for the development of the tourism industry at the international level.


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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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