Samarkan, 28 September 2021 (TDI): International online conference on “Problems and prospects of tourism development in the SCO countries” was held at the “Silk Road” the International University of Tourism, dedicated to the International Tourism Day.
The conference was organized by SCO Center for Public Diplomacy in Uzbekistan together with the “Silk Road” International University of Tourism, Samarkand.
The conference was solemnly opened by the Deputy Prime Minister, Rector of the “Silk Road” International University of Tourism, Mr. Aziz Abdukhakimov, who emphasized the timely discussion of the restoration of tourism among the SCO countries, and the strategic importance of education, sports, cultural and humanitarian relations between the countries on the organization’s agenda.
Representatives of such countries as India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan Russia, and Tajikistan took an active part in the conference.
During the event, the participants actively discussed the development of multilateral cooperation of the SCO member states in such priority areas of humanitarian cooperation as culture, education, and tourism. During the meeting, the parties discussed the impact of the coronavirus on the development of the tourism industry in the SCO countries. Special attention was paid to the issues of international declarations and agreements.
Following the results of the online meeting, the participants agreed on further cooperation in solving issues of restoring the tourism industry in the post-pandemic period.
International Tourism Day
World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) designated World Tourism Day 2021 as a day to focus on “Tourism for Inclusive Growth.” UNWTO as the United Nations specialized agency for responsible and sustainable tourism is guiding the global sector towards inclusive recovery and growth. UNWTO ensures every part of the sector has a say in its future – including communities, minorities, youth, and those who would otherwise be at risk of being left behind. Tourism is a recognized pillar of most – if not all – the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), particularly Goals 1 (no poverty), 5 (gender equality), 8 (decent work and economic growth), and 10 (reduce inequalities).