The famous monthly Polish magazine "Swiat Elit" ("Elite World") published an article about Uzbekistan titled "Samarkand - the new gates of tourism in Uzbekistan".
The article begins with information about the summit of the SCO heads of state, held in Samarkand in September 2022. “For a few days, one of the oldest cities on the planet, Samarkand, has become the center of world politics,” the publication states. “UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Rosemary DiCarlo said at the summit that the UN is engaging with the SCO, the leading force in regional diplomacy in Eurasia, on many issues, including security, the situation in Afghanistan and the fight against terrorism.”
The article states that the humanitarian space of the SCO has revealed to the world the greatest thinkers, outstanding scientists, pioneers and cultural figures, whose contribution to world civilization is invaluable. Of the more than a thousand UNESCO World Heritage Sites, almost one in eight is located in the SCO space. A stable dialogue between various cultures and civilizations has been established within the framework of the organization.
According to the magazine, in August 2022, the historical and ethnographic park "Eternal City" was opened in the tourist capital of Uzbekistan – Samarkand, which is another tourist site of Uzbekistan among many others. The new tourist center in Samarkand is a cultural and tourist facility in a new modern format. Tourists and visitors of the Eternal City will have the opportunity to observe how carpets are born, see the work of silk and jewelry craftsmen of Uzbekistan, lacquer miniatures and wood carvings, as well as get acquainted with Uzbek national costume gallery and many other interesting corners of Samarkand city. Tourists visiting Uzbekistan’s Samarkand will now have an opportunity be able not only to taste Uzbek national dishes, but also the best vintage wines produced in Uzbekistan.
The article reports that health tourism in Uzbekistan will become another direction of the new tourist complex “Eternal City”. The medical cluster of the resort is represented by four Wellness Park Hotels in the form of wooden villas. Each of them will work according to programs designed for a comprehensive medical examination and improvement of the body. The business part of the new tourist complex in Samarkand is separated by a rowing canal. A congress hall and four premium-class hotels have been built here.
In conclusion, the article emphasizes that the new airport, congress halls, parks, and other entertainment and recreation complexes created in Samarkand will turn into new tourism gates and a “visiting card” of New Uzbekistan. The multidisciplinary center located in Samarkand, in addition to the Eternal City, includes 8 hotels, an amphitheater and other facilities. It is capable of serving 2 million tourists a year. “It is planned to increase the number of foreign tourists visiting Samarkand to more than 1.5 million people in the coming years,” sums up Swiat Elit magazine. “The number of tourists visiting Uzbekistan is expected to increase from the current 2 million to 9 million in the next five years.”