Measures for attracting tourists to Jizzakh region
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There are many historical and archaeological sites in Jizzakh region, that are of great interest to tourists. There are 372 objects of cultural heritage under state protection, 42 of which are historical monuments and places of worship, 267 archaeological sites, 63 monuments.
State reserves “Nurota” and “Zaamin”, Zaamin national park, Aydar-Arnasai system of lakes, 9 forest farms and Kyzylkum desert are especially interesting for ecotourism fans. There are more than 200 ecotourism facilities, 72 thousand hectares of forest on the territory of the region, here you can find over 50 species of rare birds and animals, more than 1,000 plant species.
The region’s attractiveness is enhanced by ethnography, unique traditions and customs of the population of Zaamin, Bakhmal, Gallaaral, Mirzachul, Farish, Yangiabad, Sharaf Rashidov districts and the city of Jizzakh.
The attention paid to improvement of tourism infrastructure contributes to an increase in the flow of tourists to the region. In 2016, 4 thousand 119 foreign and over 28 thousand local tourists were served in 14 hotels, 2 motels, 9 guest houses, 20 campsites and 2 yurt camps of the region. In 2017, over 5 thousand 500 foreign and over 35 thousand local tourists used the services of these tourism facilities.
However, this does not mean at all that the existing opportunities for development of tourism are fully used in the region. The remoteness of tourism places from each other, inadequate quality of roads, problems associated with transport, telephone communication, the Internet, disruptions in supply of electricity and other communication systems, inactivity in advocacy and lack of specialists significantly hinders further development of tourism in the region.
In solving these and other problems, the Program of measures on accelerated development of tourism potential of Jizzakh region in 2017-2019, adopted by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan on May 17, 2017, is of great importance. In accordance with this program, 48 tourism development projects are envisaged to be implemented in the region. By now, 22 projects have already been implemented.
This year, 26 tourism development projects worth more than 85.1 billion sums are planned to be implemented in the region, as a result of which about 300 new jobs will be created.
In accordance with the Program of measures this year, activities will be carried out on repairing almost 180.3 kilometers of roads in ecotourism facilities zones, as well as roads leading to them, improving sanitary and hygienic state of roadside infrastructure. Road signs will be installed during the repair of roads in tourism places, places of pilgrimage and ecotourism zones, as well as special information panels in Russian, English and Uzbek.
As expected, as a result of implementation of such prospective projects, scheduled for 2017-2019, the number of foreign tourists coming to the region by 2021 will exceed 20 thousand, local tourists – 100 thousand people.