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Uzbekistan and Israel sign an agreement on bilateral cooperation in the tourism field
23 May 2022
Uzbekistan and Israel sign an agreement on bilateral cooperation in the tourism field

International Tourism Exhibition in the B2B format "Tashkent Travel Mart 2022" was officially open on 17 May 2022 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The exhibition was held under the auspices of the Zero Carbon Fair.

The exhibition was organized by the Association of Private Tourist Organizations of Uzbekistan with the support of the Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan, the European Union Switch Asia Project, the USAID Entrepreneurship and Business Environment Development Project, the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the Federal Republic of Germany, ACTED and the International Finance Corporation (IFC).

"Tashkent Travel Mart 2022" is a specialized tourism platform for expanding intra-industry dialogue and developing optimal solutions and ways for market development under new circumstances and conditions. The B2B format "business for the sake of business", allows specialized organizations to expand their business opportunities at the exhibition, solve a number of problems in running their businesses, and sell tourism services. Tashkent Travel Mart 2022 is an opportunity to establish inter-industry relations that will help create new high-quality tourism products and raise the level of service in the industry.

This year the exhibition was attended by the most active representatives of tourist organizations in Uzbekistan and around the world. There are more than 90 companies, domestic and foreign, from more than 10 countries including Germany, Austria, Spain, Israel, Czech Republic, Estonia, UAE, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

As a part of the event, the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Tourism and Cultural Heritage Aziz Abdukhakimov and Minister of Tourism of Israel Yoel Razvozov signed an agreement on strengthening bilateral relations.

The new agreement is aimed at providing an increase in mutual tourist flow between Uzbekistan and Israel, expansion of regular flights between the countries, and strengthening partnerships between representatives of the tourism business of Uzbekistan and Israel. Additionally, the document covers the exchange of airtime, the organization of exhibitions of famous artists, and advanced cooperation between the Silk Road International University of Tourism in Samarkand and partner educational institutions in Israel.

According to the Minister of Tourism of Israel Yoel Razvozov, Uzbekistan is a country with a rich history and cultural heritage, and the interest of Israelis in traveling to Uzbekistan is growing day by day. Ongoing reforms and landscaping activities in Uzbekistan were also noted and appreciated by the Minister of Tourism of Israel.

According to the Israeli side, the signing of the new agreement will boost cooperation between the two countries in the tourism field, thus significantly increasing the mutual flow of tourists in Uzbekistan and Israel.


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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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