Uzbekistan was on the 2nd place in the list of hottest destinations for tourism in 2017, according to the publication Financial Times.
The Financial Times ranking was prepared on the basis of a survey of leaders of tourist industry, including owners and managers of Wild Frontiers, KE Adventure Travel, Discover the World, Ampersand Travel, Oetker Collection, Savannah Red and Cazenove and Loyd.
“Our customers increasingly go more long trips to unique places, and the hot trend now are the countries of the silk road — said johnny Bilby, founder of travel company Wild Frontiers. According to him, the demand for such trips has spurred recent books and TV shows about the Silk road, including on the BBC and Discovery Channel.
According to the authors of the rating, if customers have no time to tour around the silk road, the trip to Uzbekistan will in the “short version” to get acquainted with all the charms of such a trip, including mosques, mausoleums, mosaics and minarets in the ancient cities of Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand.
The article also notes that earlier trip to Uzbekistan was marred by difficulties with obtaining a visa and problems at the border. But now the newly elected President of the Republic abolished from April 2017 visas for citizens of 15 countries, as well as citizens of another 12 countries that have reached age 55.
By assumption edition, the age limit was set with the aim of attracting tourists to the country from the number of baby boomers — people born during the demographic boom after the Second world war. This population has considerable funds, and Uzbekistan focused mainly on clients with money.
Apparently, the government of Uzbekistan has identified the development of tourism as priority areas. Judging by preliminary interest from major travel agencies, the hopes of the Uzbek authorities may be justified.
Also in the list of Financial Times hit Nepal, Kenya, Finland, Andaman Islands, UK, Madagascar, Cambodia and New Zealand.
The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading publications in the field of business, which daily reading of about 2.3 million people. The majority of the audience of the publication are managers, and over 70% of readers are employees of international companies that are involved in international travel.