Uzbekistan to keep two separate records of incoming tourists

TASHKENT (TCA) — The State Committee for Tourism Development of Uzbekistan has said it will keep a double count of tourists coming to the country: one – in accordance with the methodology of the World Tourism Organization and the other – on its own, the Jahon information agency reports.

Under the approach of the World Tourism Organization, any person who comes to the country is considered a tourist. Thus, in recent years, it has turned out that Uzbekistan was annually visited by about 2.5 million tourists, and 70% to 80% of them are from neighboring countries.

Real tourists who stay at hotels and spend money are much fewer. Last year, there were about 200 thousand people who came to Uzbekistan as real tourists.

The State Committee for Tourism Development will now keep separate records of foreign tourists coming to the country for leisure. For example, according to the head of the committee, this year it is planned to attract about 350 thousand tourists from non-CIS countries and Russia, and by 2020 to bring their number to half a million.

The calculation, which does not correspond to the methodology of the World Tourism Organization, shows a positive trend, and thanks to the abolition of visas the total number of tourists has doubled.

Also, Uzbekistan will introduce a system of electronic registration of tourists, the State Committee for Tourism Development said. Responsibility for the registration of guests will be borne by hotels or citizens who host foreigners at home.

Sergey Kwan

TCA

Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
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Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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