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Uzbekistan participates in the international tourism exhibition IFTM “Top Resa” in Paris
09 October 2023
Uzbekistan participates in the international tourism exhibition IFTM “Top Resa” in Paris

The tourism potential of Uzbekistan was demonstrated at the 45th international tourism exhibition IFTM “Top Resa”, which was held on 3-5 October at the largest exhibition center “Paris Expo Porte de Versailles” in the capital of France.

National tourism administrations, tour operators, hotels and airlines of foreign countries took part in a multi-directional tourism exhibition, including all types of travel. About 200 tourist destinations and 1,700 brands were represented, more than 100 conferences were held, and the exhibition was attended by more than 30,000 participants.

The delegation of Uzbekistan, consisting of representatives of the Tourism Committee of the Ministry of Ecology, Environmental Protection and Climate Change, seven Uzbek travel companies and Uzbekistan Airways, presented the rich tourism potential and cultural heritage of Uzbekistan at the fair.

It should be noted that the participation of Uzbek companies in this event made it possible to significantly promote the modern tourism opportunities of Uzbekistan in the European market, to attract many French tour operators to cooperate in increasing the number of French tourists traveling to Uzbekistan.

Visitors to the exhibition at the single stand “Uzbekistan” had the opportunity to get acquainted with new tourist destinations and infrastructure created in the tourist cities of Uzbekistan.

Participants were also informed that Uzbekistan has become a convenient place for holding large-scale international, business and cultural events.

As part of the event, an exhibition of national crafts of Uzbekistan was presented, and videos about Uzbekistan’s historical cities, architectural monuments, historical sites and new tourism infrastructure of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva were shown. Reference books and guides were distributed among those interested.

Alison Bannister, head of the department of the large German aircraft rental company Universal Sky Carrier, noted that the tourism industry of Uzbekistan has great potential, and the country is currently creating a wide range of conditions in this area, in particular modern hotels and airports. This attracts many European aviation and travel companies.

She also noted that Uzbekistan’s participation today in this major exhibition is very important. This is a great opportunity for companies like Universal Sky Carrier to establish cooperation with Uzbekistan.

Alison also highlighted that she received a lot of information about Uzbek culture, the rich history of Uzbekistan and the unique charming cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva thanks to the stand of Uzbekistan presented at the exhibition. She expressed her support and confidence in the boost of tourists number visiting Uzbekistan in the coming years.

Gilbert Barles, who works in the tourism sector and who has visited Uzbekistan, also highly appreciated our country’s stand at the exhibition. According to him, this participation provides an excellent opportunity for the country to further promote its tourism potential at the international level.

- My trip to Uzbekistan in April of this year left me with the best impressions. In particular, cities such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, and Tashkent are of great interest to the French due to their unique appearance, historical monuments, and rich history. Many tourists enjoy the unique customs, traditions, and values of the Uzbek people.

I and our tourists in Uzbekistan are especially attracted by the stability, security, hospitality and friendliness of the Uzbek people. I am confident that Uzbekistan will become one of the most dynamic tourist destinations in the coming years.

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