KAZAKHSTAN AND UZBEKISTAN PLANS TO ATTRACT 8 MILLION TOURISTS ANNUALLY

KAZAKHSTAN AND UZBEKISTAN PLANS TO ATTRACT 8 MILLION TOURISTS ANNUALLY

This year, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan will continue to work on promotion of a transnational tour of the Great Silk Road. Uzbek Ambassador to Kazakhstan, Saidikram Niyazkhodjayev said the two countries plan to attract up to eight million tourists annually (given the tour’s coverage of several cities located along the ancient caravan route). He noted that ziyarat tourism or a pilgrimage tour to holy places will also be developed (besides the transnational tours).

SAIDIKRAM NIYAZKHODJAYEV, UZBEK AMBASSADOR TO KAZAKHSTAN:

We are working on a joint project with our partners. We will recruit tourist groups that will visit both Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. The tour program is similar to ziyarat tourism which is about visiting holy places. People can be introduced to our ancient historical culture, including the ancient cities such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Tashkent and Khiva. We will work on a tour package which will also include Turkestan, Taraz, Zhambyl, Almaty and, of course, Astana.

The creation of an analogue of a Schengen visa is under consideration in the Central Asian region. Tourists can visit several Central Asian states with only a single visa. The idea was presented last year by Kazakh authorities and has received full support from Uzbekistan. The countries intend to launch the Silk Visa project this year. Other countries in the region also intend to be part of the plan, particularly Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. In addition, Azerbaijan and Turkey will join the project in the future.

SAIDIKRAM NIYAZKHODJAYEV, UZBEK AMBASSADOR TO KAZAKHSTAN:

We will start implementing this project from this year. Uzbekistan’s two decrees have been adopted which further improves tourism and creates better tourist infrastructures, hotels, campgrounds and other services related to tourism. We are working in this area together with our partners from Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan is holding the leading position in tourism among the countries in Central Asia region. Both countries have a common goal of uniting their rich and diverse culture using existing potential of eco and ethno tourism as well as traditions. The branding and promotion of joint cross-border tours will have a huge multiplier effect on the economies of the two countries.