Markets Should Attract More Foreign Tourists in Uzbekistan, Says President

On January 9th, the President Mirziyoyev attended a presentation of prospective designs for new tourism facilities. Mirziyoyev had earlier spoken about the need to effectively harness the country’s great tourism potential and increase the number of tourist sites and accommodations. At the presentation, the head of state examined projects developed in accordance with these objectives.

It was stated that the picturesque mountain landscapes of the Shakhrisabz district of the Kashkadarya region and the Parkent district of the Tashkent region attract numerous tourists, especially in the spring and summer seasons. In order to expand amenities to attract tourists, it is planned to build modern recreation centers in Miraki, Shakhrisabz, Nurobod, and Kumushkon in the Parkent region, and to construct hostels on the Maydanak plateau in the Kashkadarya region.

Markets, or bazaars, are one of the nation’s main attractions, but today some lack the national flavor necessary to entice foreign tourists, the President had earlier stated when instructing relevant departments to develop a project of complexes which reflect the national culture. The presentation reviewed draft proposals for transforming the markets of historical cities into complexes attractive to tourists.

“Markets should be turned into a ‘calling card’ of the country, preserving their unique features. Food, clothing, jewelry stores, gastronomic and entertainment establishments should harmoniously complement each other and attract buyers and tourists,” Mirziyoyev said, noting the importance of studying the experience of Turkey and Arab countries and attracting foreign specialists to design markets.

The presentation also provided information about the markets which are slated for construction in such tourist centers as Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara, and Khiva, with Mirziyoyev emphasizing that each should reflect the colors of its given region.