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"Tourism on the Silk Road": what awaits us?
02 October 2017

32 countries will take part in this year's Tashkent International Tourism Fair (TITF) – «Tourism on the Silk Road». This year the program includes a number of international and local projects in the field of tourism and culture, with an emphasis on the development of the business environment. 

For the first time the UK takes part in it: a large-scale presentation of the English tourist potential will take place, at which the most interesting tourist destinations will be presented, including educational tourism, and fruitful B2B meetings with Uzbek colleagues. 

From 3 to 5 October, within the framework of TITF there will be presentations of the interactive service of Uzbekistan Pass on the topic: "Interactive Tourist Services"; "Pac Group" (Kazakhstan) - "All colors of the world with PAC GROUP": "Booking system SILKROAD.UZ, integrated with the systems 
E-MEHMONXONA, SAYYOH" (Kabus Development company). 

The Miran International Hotel will host B2B meetings for participants of the Hosted Buyers program with tour operators in Uzbekistan. The specialized program "Professional Buyer / Hosted Buyers" is a significant event in the tourism of Uzbekistan, whose goal is to conclude mutually beneficial contracts and establish professional partnerships. 

As stressed in his speech at the press conference, the head of the State Committee for the Development of Tourism in Uzbekistan A.A. Abdukhakimov, Hosted Buyers will participate in this year more 50 representatives of travel companies from 28 countries. 

To conduct negotiations and establish cooperation between foreign companies and tour operators of Uzbekistan, a B2B meeting will be organized in which about 
100 Uzbek travel companies will take part. Additionally, study tours to the largest tourist centers of Uzbekistan - Samarkand and Khiva - will be organized for the participants of the Hosted Buyers program. 

On October 3-5, the trading tents of the participants of the exhibition East Bazaar will work. On the territory adjacent to the first pavilion of the exhibition center "Uzexpocenter" a national-style fair will be organized to demonstrate coloring and trade features in the markets of Uzbekistan. The event will be attended by artisans from the regions of Uzbekistan, restaurants and folklore groups. 

On October 6, an international conference under the auspices of UNWTO on the topic "Silk Road in the Historical Projection of the Development of International Tourism" will be held in Khiva. 

The Silk Road in the historical projection represents a unique cultural value for humanity, as well as a link in the development of tourism, economy and socio-cultural transformation of all countries. UNWTO and other authoritative international organizations of the United Nations pay special attention not only to the study and preservation of the cultural, historical and natural heritage, but also to the creation of favorable socio-economic conditions for the development of tourism on it. 

According to a study recently conducted for UNWTO by the world's largest website, the Trip Advisor, more than 80% of travelers in the world know about the Silk Road, and the international magazine Forbes has recognized the Silk Road as one of the most powerful brands. 

Uzbekistan occupies a special place here, after which the status of the "heart of the Silk Road" is rightfully preserved, and it is an active participant in the UN transcontinental project, UNWTO and UNESCO to revive tourism on the ancient, historic Silk Road route. 

The aim of the conference is to create an international platform for the exchange of experience, establish dialogue and unite joint efforts to promote and develop the cultural, historical and natural heritage of the Silk Road, create a platform for discussion of plans and further possible cooperation. 

Within the framework of the conference, an excursion program will be organized for the open-air museum - "Ichan-kala" in Khiva. 

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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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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.

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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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