BAKU, Azerbaijan, Nov. 20
By Fakhri Vakilov - Trend:
From January through October 2019, Russian citizens spent $250 million in Uzbekistan during tourist trips, which is $50 million more compared to the same period last year, Trend reports citing Uzbekistan’s State Committee for Tourism.
The number of Russians who visited Uzbekistan over the indicated period increased by 25.2 percent and amounted to over 393,000 people, read the message.
"The Russian market is one of the main and priority directions for promoting Uzbekistan’s tourism potential, the region’s popularity among Russian tourists is growing rapidly, and we are doing everything possible to make our guests come and feel at home," said the Deputy Head of the Department of International Relations and Protocol of Uzbekistan’s State Committee for Tourism Feruz Dodiev.
Leading Russian online booking services Aviasales and Ostrovok.ru hotels also note an increase in interest in the country located on the Great Silk Road.
Aviasales conducted a survey among 100,000 Russian travelers and found out that every tenth would like to go on vacation to Uzbekistan. The demand for airline tickets in 2019 from Russia to Uzbekistan increased by 35 percent, and the average ticket price ticket decreased by 8 percent to $203.
According to Ostrovok.ru hotel online reservation service, Russian tourists using package tours made 79 percent more bookings in Uzbekistan from January through September 2019 than in the same period a year earlier.
The most popular tourists are Tashkent and Samarkand. Experts also note that the Russians, having visited the world-famous symbol cities of Uzbekistan - Samarkand and Bukhara, switched to other directions: Karshi and Nukus. The number of booked flights to these cities has tripled, and the average check has become more affordable by 20 percent - $172 in both directions.
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