Uzbekistan to host International Forum on Pilgrimage Tourism

New Delhi, 14 January 2019

Uzbekistan will be hosting international Forum on Pilgrimage Tourism (Ziyorat Tourism) on 21-23 February to extend cooperation in the progression of Pilgrimage Tourism considering Uzbekistan as one of the largest pilgrimage tourism centres of the world.

Holy Bukhara

Experts and specialists of the field, domestic and foreign scientists, theologians will be participating in the forum. The initial day will be for a press conference for mass media representatives and a sightseeing tour for guests and participants in Bukhara. On the followed day, the forum will be inaugurated at the Youth Center in Bukhara where a panel discussion on the concerned topic will take place. It is also expected to sign the Declaration on the Role of Cultural and Historical Centers of Uzbekistan in Development of Islamic Culture and Civilization. The third day will be a visit to Samarkand.

The heart of central Asia – Uzbekistan which has the magnificent treasury of architectural monuments is a potential place to invest in and visit to mesmerise the memories with aesthetic views. From 1st February 2019 tourists from 45 countries could be able to visit Uzbekistan visa-free which was announced by the Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev himself on 5 January.

Uzbekistan has taken the step to increase Central Asian tourism and foreign investment with the introduction of e-visas in the month of June last year and initiating two new Airbus A320neos and three new Boeing 787 Dreamliners to the national carrier, Uzbekistan Airways, in spring 2019 which will also en route long international destinations and adding new destinations.

On 8 January, the Embassy of Uzbekistan in India also hosted a tourism conference briefing the participants and media about the potential of Uzbekistan Tourism with the tourism company Discover Central Asia 

In the conference, a presentation on the various tourism option to Uzbekistan was delivered by the General Director of Discovery Central Asia Ms Abdurasulova Mekhriniso. It was also announced that the government is working on a special visa – Silk Visa to connect central Asian countries via single visa where Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan will be the first countries to come under the banner of Silk Visa.

Mohit Srivastava 

News Desk, Diplomacytoday.in