Uzbekistan is opening up to tourists


Uzbekistan has a new tourism law that defines the direction of state tourism.   The once secretive nation is opening up to tourists and reducing the number of countries where people need a visa to enter.

The law seeks to assist and encourage investment in the tourism industry, the development of public-private partnerships, and the creation of tourist zones and tourist clusters.

The State Committee for the Development of Tourism, Uzbekistan’s new state tourism authority has been created, and tourist information centres will be set up.

The law also requires travel agents and tour operators to be licenced to operate, unless that are an individual.

The law includes definitions of international and domestic tourism, as well as its types, covering cultural, historical, pilgrim, ecological, educational, ethnographic, gastronomic, business, social, sports, medical, youth, agritourism, and others.

The law will allow non-profit and profit organisations and businesses to develop new tourism offerings with the state and with state approval.



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