Tourism is one of the important economy branch of Uzbekistan today. Great attention is being paid to development of tourism, organization of service for foreign guests according to all international standards. During the years of independence, our country made a significant breakthrough in this field focusing on the historical and cultural values, renaissance and revival of national traditions and customs, restoration and arrangement of architectural monuments.
Every year Uzbekistan is visited by more than 2 million people from different parts of the world. Foreign guests are coming from almost all remote parts around the world. Our country is particular popular among the citizens of Germany, France, Italy, Republic of Korea, Japan, China, Malaysia, Russia and India.
The tourism in our country is evidenced by the availability of over 7,000 tangible cultural heritage sites from different eras and civilizations, including the historical centers of Bukhara, Khiva, Samarkand and Shakhrisabz included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. World famous historical monuments, modern cities, unique nature of Uzbekistan, incomparable national cuisine as well as unsurpassed hospitality of our people attract travelers.
Thanks to the efforts made by our country, tourism has achieved a higher level today. In particular, 1,176 tourist organizations, including 621 tour operators and 555 hotel facilities, are successfully operating in the country. A diversified network of hotels with more than 25 thousand beds meets modern international standards.
Owing to the ambitious construction and reconstruction of airports in Uzbekistan, 11 of them have received a status of international harbors as well. Modern aircrafts of the National Airlines of Uzbekistan “Uzbekistan Airways” that meet all international requirements and consist of Boeing and Airbus airliners operate regular flights to more than 40 cities in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and America. In 2016, Uzbekistan civil aviation fleet was replenished with two modern Boeing Dreamliners.
Tourists of Uzbekistan have the opportunity to get to the sightseeings of the country by means of railway transport. Thus, besides the usual and high-speed trains, the “Afrosiab” high-speed trains run daily between Tashkent, Samarkand and Karshi. In addition, in June 2016, Uzbekistan reached another breakthrough in the development of the tourism and transportation industry — the opening ceremony of “Angren-Pap” electrified railway line was held connecting the picturesque Fergana Valley with the rest of the country.
Ecological tourism has been actively developing in Uzbekistan recently. Nature reserves, national parks, natural monuments attract more and more people every year. Geotourism, medical tourism, as well as alpinism and rafting have been developed. Recreation areas and comfortable infrastructure facilities are being built in the regions of Uzbekistan. For example, the necessary conditions are created for skiing and other winter sports in the sports and recreation centers “Chimgan”, “Beldersay” and “Charvak” located in the Tashkent region. Mountain paths of different types with a length of 300 to 3 thousand meters are built here. Tourists can lift on the ropeway using a special elevator.
Mice Tourism, accompanied by major events play a significant role in the development of tourism in Uzbekistan and its image on the world stage. One of the most important annual events is the Tashkent International Tourism Fair named “Tourism on the Silk Road.” Today it is the largest forum in Central Asia where industry professionals meet, negotiations are held in various formats, including business-to-business meetings, the Hosted Buyers program is being implemented for buyers of the national tourist product, as well as conferences are being held on actual issues of the development of the tourism industry in Uzbekistan and the world as a whole.
Uzbekistan also regularly takes part in foreign international fairs and exhibitions in order to present the country’s tourism potential and to maintain the country’s image. Participation in these activities allows being in touch with the latest trends of the world tourism market, awarding business contracts, and developing cooperation with foreign partners.
Thus, an intensive development of the tourism industry in Uzbekistan, including solicitous attitude to the historical and cultural heritage, the creation of infrastructure that fully meets international standards, and the strengthening of international relations have turned our region into one of the most visited countries in the world.