Global changes are coming in the tourism sector of Uzbekistan according to the decree of the new president Shavkat Mirziyoev on December 2, 2016 “On measures to ensure the accelerated development of the tourism industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan”
In connection with the abolition of visas for tourists from China in 2017 is expected influx of tourists to Uzbekistan. Professionals of tourism market in China have noted a sharp jump in interest in travel to Uzbekistan.
Mr. Guo Jin Wei, general manager of travel agency Guide to Adventures in China pointed out that at present more and more people in China are interested in visiting Uzbekistan and in connection with the abolition of visas, this trend is reinforced.
“Every day we get about 20 calls with requests to travel to Uzbekistan. This makes it possible to predict the actual increase in the number of tourist trips and we are talking about major figures, “- he stressed.
Due to the facilitated procedure of entry into the country, Uzbekistan is adjudged to be among the Top Tourist destinations and it can compete with the traditionally popular destinations as Europe, Russia and the countries of Southeast Asia. Thus the organization of group trips, which are so popular in China, become easier at times.
“The Chinese prefer to come to a country where there is no need to issue visas and undergo complex bureaucratic procedures”, said the head of the Chinese firm Utour International Travel Co Mr. Yuxin Zhang. “Such a gesture on the part of Uzbekistan, as the abolition of visas, shows a friendly and trusting relationship to our citizens. Chinese tour operators actively selling interesting options of tours in Uzbekistan, with a visit to the major cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva and Tashkent.”
However, for the service of really a large number of tourists from China, the number of hotels may be limited. In consequence of that, it is necessary to the development of hotel infrastructure. Currently, this process is conducted in cities such as Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva for the successful receiving of tourists.
Chinese tour operators are optimistic about the promotion of Uzbek product in its market and are confident that the difficulty can be overcome and tourism in Uzbekistan move to a new level. The flow of tourists from China to Uzbekistan is expected in early April 2017.
We remind you that since April 1, 2017, Uzbekistan abolishes visa regime for the citizens of Australia, Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Finland, Switzerland and Japan, entering the country for tourism for a period not exceeding 30 days.