Officials from Uzbekistan’s Tourism Committee met with specialists from the German International Cooperation Organization (GIZ), according to the Dunyo Information Agency of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan. The meeting opened with a presentation by GIZ on projects currently being implemented to develop tourism in Uzbekistan; in 2023, GIZ developed plans for infrastructure and entrepreneurship in the Kitab and Shahrisabz districts of the Kashkadarya Region.
As part of the dialogue, the two sides discussed tour packages and tourist itineraries for global visitors to Uzbekistan and neighboring countries. Officials agreed to jointly develop a single information platform for the convenience of foreign and domestic tourists. The counterparties also considered a proposal to create a special training program for colleges in order to prepare future hospitality and tourism professionals.
According to statistics, a total of 3.7 million foreign citizens visited Uzbekistan as tourists over the period January-July 2023 – a huge increase on the same period in 2022 (2.4 million). The largest number of visitors came from Tajikistan (1,151,400), Kyrgyzstan (912,800), Kazakhstan (879,000), and Russia (417,400).