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Destination: Uzbekistan
Last updated: 01 Nov 2022

International Week of Pilgrimage Tourism in Uzbekistan

According to the Uzbek Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Heritage, Uzbekistan hosts the International Week of Pilgrimage Tourism in the period from 1 to 3 November 2022.

Kalyan Tower and Mosque, Bukhara
Kalyan Tower and Mosque, Bukhara

One of the goals of the event is to reveal the potential of pilgrimage tourism in Uzbekistan to local and foreign audiences.

The main goal of the event is to unlock the potential of 'ziyorat' tourism in the country and popularize Uzbekistan throughout the world. Also, such events allow to better diversify tourism services provided by local tour operators and increase the volume of tourism exports from the country.

A number of festival activities will include exhibitions, seminars, scientific & practical conferences and cultural and educational events aiming at developing pilgrimage tourism, creating new tourism products and promoting topic-oriented souvenirs.

A new Silk Road Tourist Center will be opened in Samarkand. The country will also host an international exhibition of crafts devoted to the theme "Khiva as the Capital of Islamic World Tourism", a fair "Masters of the World" and other events.

There are more than 1200 landmarks and monuments that can be used for pilgrimage in Uzbekistan. At a meeting dedicated to increasing the country's tourism potential on September 19, 2022, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev called to develop ziyorat tourism to attract at least 1 million tourists a year into the country.