On December 9, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev got acquainted with the presentation of projects that will be implemented in Samarkand region.
The projects are aimed at transforming Samarkand into a modern city, increasing the comfort of the population, the activities of entrepreneurs and investors, and the development of the tourism sector.
Samarkand is expected to turn into a city with a population of over one million in the coming years. The city will include territories of neighboring districts. Government agencies and administrative services will be moved outside the historic center.
In tourism, one of the key drivers of Samarkand’s economy, it is planned to employ 40 thousand people. By transforming the region into a tourism hub of the country, it is planned to increase the volume of tourism services by 10 times in the next five years. More than 600 new hotels and guest houses will be organized.
The largest project in this area is the business and tourist center of Samarkand. The complex, under construction on a 212-hectare site, will consist of an international congress center, the Eternal City caravanserai, 8 hotels, recreational and entertainment facilities, a handicraft center and artificial reservoirs. More than 5 thousand people will be employed here.
Due to the implementation of the planned projects, it is expected to bring the number of foreign tourists visiting the region to 5 million per year.
Practical aspects of projects, measures for high-quality construction of structures using modern solutions were discussed during the presentation.
It should be noted that in 2023 Samarkand will host the 25th session of the General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). During the voting at the 24th session of the UNWTO in Madrid (Spain) on the place of convening the General Assembly, Uzbekistan bypassed Portugal.
For the first time in history, the General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization will be held in Uzbekistan. All this is the result of the policy pursued by the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the development of the tourism sector and efforts to increase the country's prestige on the world stage.
Holding a session of the UNWTO General Assembly in ancient Samarkand will attract over a thousand foreign guests and bring income to the local population and artisans. In addition, holding a high-level event in Uzbekistan will serve to promote the country's tourism potential and will attract even more tourists.
The UNWTO General Assembly is the most important biennial tourism forum, and the holding of such a high-level UN family event in Uzbekistan is the first historical event.