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Uzbek-Belarus Tourism forum took place in Minsk
28 December 2021
Uzbek-Belarus Tourism forum took place in Minsk

Uzbekistan and Belarus organized a forum dedicated to cooperation in the tourism field between the two countries under the topic “Prospects for cooperation between Uzbekistan and Belarus in the field of tourism”. The forum took place in a videoconference format.

The event was organized with assistance from the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Belarus. The main aim of the forum was to promote the tourism potential and the quality of provided services in the sector. It also covered the presentation of national products of Uzbekistan and Belarus.

The forum was attended by the First Deputy Minister of Tourism and Sports Ulugbek Azamov, the Deputy Minister of Tourism and Sports of Belarus Mikhail Portnoy, heads of regional departments of tourism and sports, and representatives of tourism companies and tour operators of Uzbekistan and Belarus.

During the event new open doors policy of Uzbekistan that covers visa-free entry to Uzbekistan for a number of countries, as well as the e-visa system implemented for another number of countries was highlighted and appreciated. Thus, the number of countries with visa-free entry to Uzbekistan has increased to 90 countries, where initially there were only 9. At the same time, 70 countries now have an opportunity to apply for an e-visa / electronic visa online without visiting the Uzbek embassy or consulate in their country.

It was mentioned that after the simplification of visa procedures of Uzbekistan, the country started attracting a significantly higher amount of tourists, where the number of travelers visiting Uzbekistan had reached 6,7 million people in 2019 right before the COVID-19 pandemic. It is 3 times more than the average number of people traveling to Uzbekistan if compared to 2016 when Uzbekistan just started its open-doors policy by implementing visa-free entry and e-visa process for the majority of countries in the world.

Uzbekistan’s success in becoming a host for the 25th General Assembly of UNWTO that will take place in Samarkand in 2023 was also praised by the Deputy Minister of Belarus Mikhail Portnoy.

Uzbekistan and Belarus also discussed the issues of cooperation in the sphere of tourism, perspectives, and the current condition of collaboration in the sector. Both sides agreed that the tourism potential of Uzbekistan and Belarus is not being fully utilized, which means combining efforts actively to enhance mutual cooperation in this regard.

As a result of the meeting, several agreements have been reached and finalized to accomplish, such as activating interaction and collaboration between relevant state institutions and travel companies of Uzbekistan and Belarus, organizing press tours with the aim of increasing the tourists flow in both countries, exchange of experience in various fields and promoting the tourism industry.


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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 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.

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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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