DEPARTMENT
FOR TOURISM DEVELOPMENT
OF TASHKENT CITY

“Pandemic is an opportunity for the improvement of tourism in developing countries” - Tourism Advisor Sadik Badak.

Jan. 18, 2021, 12:04 p.m.

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“Pandemic is an opportunity for the improvement of tourism in developing countries” - Tourism Advisor Sadik Badak.

Today between Sadik Badak, an Advisor to the Chairman of the State Committee for Tourism Development and business entities in the tourism sector was held a meeting in the administration of Tashkent city. The open dialogue was attended by representatives of tourism businesses - travel agencies, hotels, family guest houses, Tashkent Mayor's Advisоr on the issues of tourism and sports development Izzatbek Djurayev, Director of the Department for Tourism Development of Tashkent city Sanjar Tadjiev and other official staff.

Sadik Badak made a presentation on "Tourism Policy and Reforms in Uzbekistan in the Post-Pandemic Period". "The current pandemic situation in the world will continue shortly and, based on the forecasts of the world community, 2021-2022 is also expected to be a testing period for the tourism industry," he said. And in this case, the developing countries of the world, including Uzbekistan, have the opportunity to improve and develop their tourism infrastructure at the level of demand, taking advantage of the "stagnation" in tourism around the world. “In this regard, the Government of Uzbekistan is developing a special strategy "UZBEKISTAN TOURISM - 2035" to maintain the stability of the tourism industry in the face of a complex pandemic and its further integrated development" he added opinions.

During his speech, Badak also spoke about the current state of the tourism industry in foreign countries and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Spain, France, Turkey, and other countries. According to the data, by 2020, the tourism sector was declined by 80% in Spain, 75% in France, and 68% in Turkey.

In his speech, the Tourism Advisor made a number of proposals on the revitalization of tourism industry in the country and the priorities for the future, given the current difficult situation. According to him, in order to revive the tourism industry, Uzbekistan should first focus on local and neighboring markets and organize small groups of 5-6 people around the country. At the same time, Badak touched upon a number of other important issues during his speech.

At the end of the meeting, the participants of the event exchanged views and questions.

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