How Uzbekistan banks on tourism?
The government of Uzbekistan has approved the concept of development of A free tourist zone (FTZ) Charvak in the country’s Tashkent region, the Jahon information agency reported.
The region around Tashkentin Uzbekistan has a significant tourist potential. The unique natural conditions allows for developing all types of tourism. The region has everything necessary for the development of mountain and extreme tourism, including mountaineering, snowboarding, aeronautics, cycling, motor sports, as well as environmental, rural, pilgrimage and gastronomic tourism
Not far from the capital Tashkent is Charvak reservoir. Along the banks are numerous boarding houses, recreation areas, and children’s summer sports camps.
Nearby are the magnificent mountains of the Western Tien Shan with hiking trails, waterfalls, caves, gorges, walnut groves and orchards. Included in 2016 in the UNESCO World Heritage List, the Ugam-Chatkal National Park is home to 230 species of animals, 1,800 types of plants and there are four unique natural lakes — Urungach, Bodak, Shovur and Ihnoj, and the Chatkal state biosphere reserve.
120 tour operators are working to sell domestic and foreign tourists in Uzbekistan. The exports of tourism services in the past year exceeded 44 million dollars and have a lot of room to increase.
Uzbekistan has a shortage of accommodation facilities, sanatoriums and recreation areas. Overall the tourist infrastructure is limited and often of low quality a
In the near future several seasonal recreation areas will be created in Charvak FTZ, each of which will be built up with modern hotel complexes, cultural and entertainment complexes, medical and recreational facilities.
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Work has already began in Bostanlyk, Parkent and Ahangaran districts to create 162 modern guest houses.
It is planned to develop a program of demonstrating national customs and traditions, wedding ceremonies and other recreational activities. Trips are organized to enjoy nature, as well as cultural and historical sites.
It is planned to invite famous local brands, including Macro and Korzinka, as well as foreign ones such as Starbucks, McDonalds, Burger King and KFC to open in Uzbekistan.
Water sports, medical, and extreme tourism — paragliders and hang-gliders, the construction of golf courses are only some of the planned projects in Uzekistan.
Finally, the authorities will pay attention to the so-called mountain cluster in Chimgan.
The International Academy of Tourism will be created there, along with children’s ski camps and schools, Aqua Park, Ski Resort, new ski trails and ski lifts, snowboard tracks, ski centers for leisure and entertainment – cinemas, karaoke bars, bowling, entertainment centers.