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Uzbekistan’s tourism opportunities being promoted in Poland: A presentation of Uzbekistan’s tourist destinations and a Video ad broadcast in Warsaw and Gdansk
26 September 2023
Uzbekistan’s tourism opportunities being promoted in Poland: A presentation of Uzbekistan’s tourist destinations and a Video ad broadcast in Warsaw and Gdansk

As Uzbekistan keeps expanding cooperation in the field of tourism with Poland, the tourism potential of Uzbekistan is demonstrated on the streets of Polish cities.

An advertising video about the tourism opportunities of Uzbekistan has been launched on electronic advertising boards in the largest Polish cities of Warsaw and Gdansk. The video is shown for 14 hours at intervals of 10 times per hour and introduces the historical and architectural monuments of the ancient cities of Uzbekistan, natural landscapes, and the modern appearance of the capital of Uzbekistan – Tashkent city.

The daily audience of advertising electronic boards in the Polish capital is about 500 thousand people and in the city of Gdansk – 100 thousand.

The promotional videos about Uzbekistan’s tourist cities will be shown daily until September 10 this year. The project was developed by the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Warsaw with the aim of promoting the tourism potential of our country in Poland.

In addition to the promotional activity mentioned above, a presentation of Uzbekistan’s tourism opportunities, organized by the Embassy of our country in Poland, took place at the mayor’s office of the Polish capital.

The event was attended by Polish tour operators and journalists, representatives of the business community and the management of LOT Polish Airlines.

Welcoming the participants, Ambassador of Uzbekistan Bakhrom Babayev provided the guests with detailed information about the economic and tourism potential of Uzbekistan, the features of Uzbekistan’s rich history and culture, architectural monuments of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, as well as ongoing reforms in the tourism sector of the country.

The presentation and videos about the historical cities of Uzbekistan, architectural monuments and Uzbek national cuisine aroused great interest among the participants of the presentation.

The diplomatic mission called on journalists to actively participate in the process of impartial coverage in Polish mass media channels to spread information and updates about processes and positive changes in Uzbekistan in the fields of tourism, economics, political initiatives, ecology, human rights, education, gender equality and other areas.

The diplomats informed the audience about the possibility of organizing a press tour and info tour to Uzbekistan for Polish journalists and representatives of travel companies. The purpose of the visit to Uzbekistan in order to familiarize themselves with our country and tourist destinations of Uzbekistan for further promotion in the media and in the tourism market of Poland. These measures are aimed at increasing the number of travelers from Poland visiting Uzbekistan.

The head of the Warsaw Tourist Office Sergiy Kichor noted that the tourism industry of Uzbekistan has great potential, and the country is currently creating broad conditions in this area. The attention of Polish tourists and large travel companies is attracted by modern hotels in various cities of Uzbekistan and the airports of Uzbekistan being modernized for those visiting Uzbekistan for business and tourism purposes.

An open exchange of views took place on the services offered by Uzbek travel companies and new tourist routes of Uzbekistan were being developed to create more variety of options for tourists traveling to Uzbekistan. Factors impeding the further growth of tourist flows from Poland to Uzbekistan, as well as opportunities for cooperation between tour operators of the two countries were also actively discussed as a part of the event.


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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 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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