Representatives of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are committed to promote the transnational Great Silk Road brand. Cross-border tourism enables travelers to get acquainted with the history of several countries within one trip. The Great Silk Road follows the ancient caravan routes and cities and presents the travelers to the unique natural landscapes.

YERLAN KOZHAGAPANOV, KAZAKH VICE MINISTER OF CULTURE AND SPORTS:

 - As part of the year of Uzbekistan, we initiated the year of Tourism of Uzbekistan in Kazakhstan. We agreed to optimize the entry system to the territory of these states via the special Great Silk Road visa. Our main goal is to integrate the work of business communities of the two countries for the benefit of tourism development along the Great Silk Road.

On top of these transnational tours in the Central Asian countries, gastronomy tourism will be developed, too. According to the research done by the World Tourism Organization, interest in specialized tours is growing making up 30% of the world tourism. 79% of tourists get information about the local cuisine of a travel destination beforehand.

SERGEY DANILOV, INTERNATIONAL TOURISM EXPERT FROM UZBEKISTAN:

 - Tour products based on culinary heritage of our countries can be a significant potential. Therefore, we can create a joint product and promote it under the brand Silk Road name which will be independent gastronomy tourism in Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

MIKHAIL SHAMSHIDOV, DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT, ‘VISIT UZBEKISTAN’ PROJECT:

 - Each country has its own peculiarity. If Uzbekistan represents a settled way of life with cities built around oases then Kazakhstan represents nomadic culture. These two tourist destinations do not compete with each other.

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are leaders of tourism in Central Asia. The two states aim to develop eco and ethnotourism and unite rich traditions.

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