Tourism in Uzbekistan

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A draft Resolution of the President of Uzbekistan "On measures to develop tourism in the Republic of Uzbekistan in the long term" has been published on the SOVAZ portal.

The document outlines the Tourism Development Strategy of Uzbekistan until 2030. It is proposed to implement it in six stages, each of which provides for the approval of a separate two-year Plan of specific measures for its implementation in accordance with the identified development priorities of the sphere during the corresponding period.

The document says that today tourism should become a locomotive for the development of regions, a link between the commercial interests of various business areas, the priorities of state policy and the cultural needs of society.

The Strategy reflects the main opportunities and threats for the development of tourism in Uzbekistan.

Trends in the development of international tourism that are positive for Uzbekistan:

• many countries in the Middle East are losing their status as attractive tourist destinations as a result of the growing political instability in the region;

• the growth of tourist trips made by residents of countries with an unstable political situation creates an opportunity to enhance the competitiveness of the Uzbek tourist product in the domestic and international tourist markets;

Discussion of the Tourism Development Strategy for the period up to 2030 has begun in Uzbekistan

This time Uzbekistan decided to prove its attractiveness for tourists not with songs and dishes, but with specific proposals and new conditions that will appeal to both tourists and travel companies.

TASHKENT, 14 Mar - Sputnik, Anton Kurilkin. A serious approach and no culinary excesses - at the Moscow International Tourism Exhibition (MITT) this year, Uzbekistan relied on a minimum of entertainment for the public and maximum information.

Beer and dancing

At the entrance to the huge hall of the Expocentre, where MITT is being held for the 25th time, the Portuguese stand is located. The young man, like a taxi driver at the airports, said: "Portugal, who is interested in Portugal." However, the westernmost state in Europe attracted almost no one, and the flow of visitors rushed on.

Barcelona and Madrid waged a war of meanings at the exhibition. In the center of the hall there is a stand of the rebellious part of Spain under the sign "Catalonia - Barcelona and not only".

The Spaniards, in turn, installed a sign with the words "Spain is a part of you". Against the background of Catalonia's desire to secede, such a jersey looked funny.

Most of the countries and regions that came to the exhibition traditionally lured visitors with treats: beer was poured at the Czech stand, someone set up huge plates of sweets, and in the Sochi pavilion, a young man dressed in the style of Michael Jackson, made cotton candy to the hits of the king of pop.

Hi-tech instead of yurts

Despite the general randomness of the location of the countries, the Central Asian region was represented compactly: the stands of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan were located nearby at the exhibition.

Uzbekistan, which last year treated everyone to pilaf and entertained with songs and dances, this time relied on information content and simplicity, but instead of artists, much more representatives of the travel industry came to Moscow.

"The exhibition is wonderful. The flow this year is no less, even a little more," Alisa Konovalenko, a representative of the Tashkent travel company Marco Polo, told Sputnik Uzbekistan.

She added that thanks to such exhibitions, the interest of Russians in Uzbekistan is steadily growing, although not as fast as we would like.

Tourists are increasingly attracted by Central Asia in general and Uzbekistan in particular, added Natalia Avazova, a representative of Ulysse Tour.

The SOVAZ portal has published a draft Resolution of the President of Uzbekistan

The results of 9 months of 2019 show that the quantitative indicators of the tourism industry reflect a trend of stable growth relative to the indicators of the previous year.


The results of 9 months of 2019 show that the quantitative indicators of the tourism industry reflect a trend of stable growth relative to the indicators of the previous year. According to the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan for Tourism Development, the number of foreign tourists visiting Uzbekistan for 9 months of 2019 amounted to 4.9 million people. This is more than the indicator of the previous year for the same period by 26.1%.

The general trend of the indicator by months practically did not change, while increasing in quantitative value. During 9 months of 2019 and 2018, the largest number of tourists falls on the month of August and amounts to 692.3 thousand people and 584.4 thousand people, respectively, which reflects an increase of 18.5%.

In September, the number of foreign tourists decreased by 13.9% and amounted to 613.7 thousand people. For the same month of the previous year, this figure was 503.3 thousand soums. This shows that the dynamics of the number of tourists in the month of September repeats itself, but exceeds the indicator of the previous year in quantitative terms by 21.9%.

The highest growth rate in the number of tourists is still observed in January and amounts to 64.2%. The smallest growth rate falls on the month of May and is 12.5%.

In general, according to the results of 9 months of 2019, the share of foreign tourists who visited the country in August is 14.0%, and in February - 8.0%. The month of September accounts for 12.4% of tourists. The dynamics of the number of tourists clearly shows the seasonality of tourist activity corresponding to the seasons. The peak season is in summer and with the arrival of autumn, quantitative indicators show a downward trend.

The age characteristics of the composition of foreign tourists remain practically unchanged at the end of 9 months of 2019. As before, the bulk of foreign tourists, that is, about 51.0%, are between the ages of 31 and 55. This shows that the country is mainly visited by tourists of a more mature age. The share of young people from 19 to 30 years old was 19.5%, and under 18 years old - 9.4%. The share of tourists aged 55 and over is 20.0%. In general, the composition of foreign tourists is quite diversified in terms of age categories and corresponds to the existing tourism potential of the country.

In the regional plan, naturally, a large number of tourists visit the country from neighboring states. Accordingly, the prevailing part of tourists is in the countries of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan). So, according to the results of 9 months of 2019, the number of tourists visiting Uzbekistan from Central Asian countries increased by 24.1%, reaching 4.2 million people. From the CIS countries (excluding the countries of Central Asia) 384.1 thousand people visited Uzbekistan, which exceeds the previous year's indicator by 26.3%. A significantly high growth rate of this indicator is observed in non-CIS countries and amounts to 54.8%. As a result, the number of foreign tourists reached 372.9 thousand people. Experts note the outstripping growth rate of tourists from non-CIS countries as a positive trend, reflecting the real growth of the country's tourist attractiveness.

As a result of the above changes, the total number of tourists was distributed among the regions in the following proportions: Central Asia - 84.7%, CIS countries - 7.8% and non-CIS countries - 7.55%.

The first three countries from which foreign tourists arrive are occupied by the countries of Central Asia. So. at the end of 9 months of 2019, the largest number of tourists arrived from Kazakhstan, which amounted to 1.72 million people. At the same time, it is noted that this indicator slightly decreased compared to the previous year, which amounted to 1.75 million people. For the rest of the countries included in the top three, the number of tourists has increased significantly. In particular, in Tajikistan, the indicator increased by 38.0%, in Kyrgyzstan - by 38.5%.

The highest growth rate of tourists among the countries of Central Asia is observed in Turkmenistan, from which during the period under review, 3.5 times more tourists arrived, compared to the same period of the previous year.

A significant number of tourists also come from the Russian Federation. Following the results of 9 months of 2019, the number of tourists from the Russian Federation increased by 20.8% and amounted to 353.8 thousand people.

Everything you need to know about traveling to Uzbekistan on one page

Useful information

Geographical and space location: Planet Earth, Eurasian continent, Central Asia Area: 447.4 thousand sq. km. Population: 34 million people Nations: representatives of more than 134 nations live in the country, but the majority of the population is Uzbeks (83.8%) Regions: 12 regions + Republic of Karakalpakstan Famous cities: Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Shakhrisabz, Termez, Kokand, Fergana, Muynak. Capital: Tashkent Language: main language - Uzbek, languages ​​of international communication - Russian, English. Religion: Uzbekistan is a secular state, most of the population is Muslim. Also, representatives of Christianity, Buddhism and other religions live in the country. Time zone: UTC +5 Internet zone:. z International dialing code: +998 Currency: sum Climate: Mild winters, hot summers

In winter, you can go to one of the four ski resorts to see the real snowy beauty, in the city go to museums, art galleries, in the spring to visit our amazing ethnic festivals, and in the summer go out of town or to the mountains and enjoy the purest mountain air while walking through the protected areas of Uzbekistan. And this is just a small part of what you can do at any time of the year in Uzbekistan.

The climate in Uzbekistan is mostly hot and dry, so summers are easily tolerated and winters are mostly warm.

In the coldest month, the temperature can drop below -6 C, and in the hottest month it rises above 32 C.

Chillia in Uzbekistan

Have you heard about chilla in Uzbekistan? Chilla is translated from Uzbek as "40 days". This is what the people call 40 days of exhausting and calm heat in summer and the coldest period in winter. In summer, chilla starts after June 20 and ends in early August. The winter chilli period starts in mid-December and lasts almost until the end of January. Therefore, at this time, stock up on sunscreen, glasses and hats.

New times require new security solutions. The threat of the spread of the coronavirus continues to be relevant and has a negative impact on physical and emotional health. Now, before any trip, a traveler involuntarily thinks about safety precautions and sanitary and hygienic standards. How can you avoid the negative effects of a pandemic while maintaining your desire to travel? There is an exit! Namely, trust the professionals and special services responsible for the safety of each tourist. For these purposes, a safe tourism system “Uzbekistan. Safe travel GUARANTEED ", within the framework of which all sanitary norms are observed that meet international standards.

In fact, such a system implies strict adherence to sanitary and hygienic measures to combat COVID-19 in Uzbekistan. All tourist facilities, related infrastructure, public places must obtain a special permit or certificate to continue working. Such objects include accommodation facilities (hotels, guest houses, hostels, etc.), all state border points, air, railway and bus stations, objects of material cultural heritage, museums, theaters and other cultural sites.

What is included in the complex of measures of the safe tourism system “Uzbekistan. Safe travel GUARANTEED "?

ⓘ Tourism in Uzbekistan

The sphere of tourism interests in Uzbekistan includes both active recreation and sports tourism, such as rock climbing and skiing, and travel for educational purposes, where the object of knowledge is the rich archaeological and religious history of this country.

The number of tourists coming to Uzbekistan annually is growing: in 2005, the number of tourists visiting Uzbekistan amounted to 240 thousand people from 117 countries of the world, and in 2017, more than 2. million tourists visited Uzbekistan. The number of tourists in 2018 amounted to 5. million, of which 5 million from the CIS countries, 325 thousand from far abroad.

The International Tourism Fair is held in Uzbekistan every autumn.

The share of tourists who entered the Republic of Uzbekistan for tourism in 2006, 2007 is 9% of the total number of those who entered. In 2007, 27,264 more people entered Uzbekistan for tourism purposes than in 2006, 66% more. 80% of those who entered are citizens of the CIS 726669 people, and 20% are citizens of other foreign countries. The share of those who entered for tourism in the context of states is different - 72% of tourists are citizens of foreign countries, and 28% are citizens of the CIS countries.

According to the Statistical Internet Survey, conducted from May 7 to August 7, 2008, the majority of respondents - 39%, visit the country because of their interest in its historical and architectural sights. Another group - 24% visit Uzbekistan to get acquainted with the culture, traditions and way of life. Thus, most tourists want to visit: historical sites, monuments, museums and art galleries, ancient buildings and structures, as well as parks, national festivals and other cultural events.

The Office of the World Tourism Organization WTO was opened in Samarkand in 2004. This office is designed to coordinate the efforts of international organizations and national tourism organizations of the countries located on the Great Silk Road.

According to the US Department of State, Uzbekistan is in the group of safe countries for tourism, in which usual precautions should be taken.

At the beginning of 2015, 1,036 local businesses were licensed for tourism activities, of which 559 are tour operators and 477 are hotel businesses.

Climate Advantages of Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan has peculiar climatic conditions in comparison with other countries of Central Asia. If we take Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan, as a starting point, then 808 km northeast of Tashkent, in the former capital of Kazakhstan Alma-Ata, the average annual temperature is 5 - 8 degrees lower. At the same time, 1294 km south-west of Tashkent, in the capital of Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, the average annual temperature is 8-10 degrees higher.

The temperate climate, combined with the availability of water for irrigation, makes the land of Uzbekistan fertile. Mild winters attract skiers to the Chimgan mountains near Tashkent

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