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Uzbekistan gears up to promote pilgrimage tourism

NITN | @notintownlive | 14 Feb 2018

Uzbekistan gears up to promote pilgrimage tourism

Tashkent: With the heritage sites of Islamic, Christian, Buddhist and Jewish cultures dotting its territory, Pilgrimage Tourism in Uzbekistan can boom, say officials as the country aims to draw visitors from abroad.

Aziz Abduhakimov, chairman of the Tourism Development State Committee, said for the development of pilgrimage (ziyorat) tourism it is necessary to ramp up our facilities.

“We have great potential to offer competitive international tours of heritage sites of Islamic, Christian, Buddhist and Jewish cultures,” he said.

Together with the Committee for Religious Affairs and the Committee on Interethnic Relations and Friendly Relations with Foreign Countries, a catalogue of cultural heritage sites has been developed with information on the significance of the object, its address and the scheme of travel to it, as well as contacts of the administration.

“We intend to receive guests at the highest level,” Aziz Abdukhakimov said.

“And to provide it, a working group has been created that is already studying the experience of such major pilgrim tourism centers as Saudi Arabia, Israel, Greece, the Vatican, India, China and others," he added.

Active work is carried out with the Association of Private Tourist Organizations to develop attractive specific routes.

Plannings have been done to prepare and certify special guides-translators and tour guides.

For them, courses are organized with the involvement of teachers from the Tashken