Samarkand will be the tourist capital of the world in 2023

A few hours ago in Madrid, the world community voted to hold for the first time in 2023 in Samarkand one of the main tourist events on the planet – to gather the General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization. This was stated by Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Minister of Tourism and Sports Aziz Abdukhakimov after voting at the 24th session of the UNWTO, which is currently held in Madrid, Spain.

“For the first time in the history of our country, an event of such a high level – the General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization will be held in Uzbekistan. All this is a result of the policy pursued by the President of our country, efforts to develop the tourism sector and improve the country’s image in the world arena. It should be noted that holding the 25th session of UNWTO General Assembly in the ancient city of Samarkand will attract more than a thousand foreign guests and bring income to the local population and artisans. In addition, holding a high-level event in Uzbekistan will undoubtedly attract the attention of the world media, which will eventually serve to promote the tourist potential of the country and attract even more tourists to Uzbekistan,” Aziz Abdukhakimov noted.

It is worth noting that the visit of the delegation of Uzbekistan to the Kingdom of Spain was organized from November 30 to December 2 in order to develop cooperation with the World Tourism Organization and its member states, as well as to further expand relations with international organizations and promote tourism development in Uzbekistan. The delegation included representatives of the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Culture, the Khokimiyat of Samarkand region and the Embassy of Uzbekistan in the Kingdom of Spain.

Uzbekistan and Portugal submitted applications to host the General Assembly of the UNWTO in 2023 in Madrid. As a result of the event Uzbekistan received the majority of votes and it was decided to hold the next assembly in the ancient city of Samarkand in 2023.

To date, a lot of work is being carried out in Uzbekistan to further increase the tourist potential of Samarkand and turn it into one of the world’s tourist centers, where along with the improvement of new tourist facilities and a modern airport are being built. One of them is Samarkand Tourist Center, which occupies an area of 212 hectares on the bank of the Rowing Canal. On the territory of the center the objects under construction such as congress hall “New Renaissance”, hotels, restaurants, resorts, shopping centers, amphitheater, “Mangu Shahar” will serve to develop the tourist potential of the region. The new facility is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2022.

It should be noted that the General Assembly of UNWTO is the most important biannual forum of tourism, and holding such high-level event of UN family in Uzbekistan is the first historical event.

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