The Embassy of Uzbekistan in Spain hosted a "round table" dedicated to the tourism potential of Uzbekistan. The event was organized as part of the campaign "Samarkand - the tourist gates of New Uzbekistan".
The round table drew the attention of the participants to the large-scale reforms implemented in recent years to further develop the tourism industry in Uzbekistan. They spoke about the conditions created for foreign tourists visiting Uzbekistan, and the work being done to increase the flow of tourists traveling to Uzbekistan. A visa-free regime for citizens of most countries of the world was highlighted as one of the significant measures taken towards attracting more travelers to visit Uzbekistan without going through the hassle of paperwork.
It was also emphasized that the system of electronic visas to enter Uzbekistan has been introduced, the hotel infrastructure has been modernized, and all conditions have been created for a comfortable stay and the safety of tourists traveling to Uzbekistan. The development of the multi-profile international tourist center "The Great Silk Road", serving 2 million tourists a year in the Samarkand region was also accomplished in order to increase the comfort of foreign tourists taking a trip to Uzbekistan. The historical and ethnographic park "Eternal City" is also a part of the Great Silk Road Tourist Complex and includes a Congress Hall, 8 modern five-star hotels, an amphitheater and many other facilities in its territory.
It was also noted that as a result of the reconstruction of the Samarkand International Airport and the establishment of the "Open Sky" regime, conditions have been created for increasing the flow of tourists from abroad traveling to Samarkand. Presentations and video materials on the tourism potential, rich history and culture of Uzbekistan were also presented to the participants of the round table meeting.
During the event, the parties discussed the possibilities and prospects of increasing the number of Spanish tourists visiting Uzbekistan and developing tour packages that include new tourist services, taking into account their requirements.
President of the Ibero-American Union of Tourism Professionals Maria Carmen Rouco Fernandez said: "Uzbekistan today is one of the most attractive tourist destinations among Spanish tourists. This country has great potential for further development of the tourism sector. The government of Uzbekistan is making effective reforms in the right direction to ensure an increase in the flow of tourists. Undoubtedly, Uzbekistan will become one of the most visited countries in the world”.
Julián Fuentes Lopez-Pastor, vice-president of the Ibero-American Union of Tourism Professionals, said that thanks to the interesting event, he got to know Uzbekistan better. The presentation gave a lot of interesting information about Uzbekistan, which has beautiful landscapes, rich history, culture and Uzbek cuisine, where ancient traditions are also preserved.
According to the secretary of the Ibero-American Union of Tourism Professionals Manuel Paz Rodriguez, Uzbekistan, "the heart of the Great Silk Road", is a country with a rich historical and cultural heritage. Providing public safety and individual attention to each tourist is a solid basis for the further development of the tourism sector, in which Spain can share its experience, he said.