Samarkand, 13 October 2023 (TDI):  The 25th Session of the General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is set to make history, as Uzbekistan prepares to host this significant biennial gathering for the very first time.

From October 16 to 20, 2023, the ancient city of Samarkand will become a global hub for discussions on international tourism, investment opportunities, and the preservation of cultural heritage.

This unprecedented event will unite heads of government agencies, tourism industry representatives, and international business corporations from around 159 countries.

Notable attendees from travel agencies across the region, including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, Albania, and many others, will converge in Samarkand to engage in discussions on the future of global tourism.

One of the key highlights of this Assembly is Uzbekistan’s admission as a member of the Committee on Credentials of the UNWTO Executive Council for 2023-2027.

This new role empowers Uzbekistan to monitor compliance with vital decisions and documents adopted by the UNWTO Executive Council, further solidifying its role in shaping the future of international tourism.

Hosting the General Assembly in Uzbekistan presents a unique opportunity to elevate the country’s status on the global stage. Uzbekistan is keen to expand its relations with international organizations and promote its rich cultural and tourism potential.

The Assembly will feature panel sessions to discuss international cooperation in the tourism sector and will host several large-scale conferences addressing critical industry topics.

The Investment Forum will spotlight investment opportunities across all regions of Uzbekistan. It aims to attract major foreign investors by showcasing the country’s favorable investment environment.

Uzbekistan’s vision is centered on sustainable development, and it seeks investments that align with its commitment to preserving its cultural heritage and natural resources while driving economic growth.

The Education Forum as part of the General Assembly, will emphasize the importance of investing in tourism education and enhancing skills to create inclusive opportunities for all.

This event will feature the latest developments, educational initiatives, and tools in sustainable tourism, aligning with UNWTO’s commitment to inspire collective action.

During the Assembly, UNWTO will announce the “Best Tourism Villages of the Year,” recognizing villages from around the world with developed tourism sectors that ensure regional development and prosperity while preserving traditional values and lifestyles.

Several villages in Uzbekistan will participate in this competition. The goal of hosting the 25th Session of the General Assembly in Samarkand is to introduce the world to Uzbekistan’s cultural, tourism, investment, and intellectual potential.

It also aims to strengthen international ties with the world community in the fields of trade, economy, tourism, and culture.

Uzbekistan’s historic role as host of this Assembly underscores its commitment to shaping the future of global tourism and fostering international cooperation.

The event promises to be a turning point in the country’s journey towards becoming a prominent player in the global tourism and investment landscape.

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