Uzbekistan Airways performed its services in Kuala Lumpur
The Representative Office of the NAC in Kuala Lumpur took part in the round table on the theme "New Perspectives of Expansion of Uzbek-Malaysian Cooperation in the Sphere of Tourism" organized by Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Malaysia. Leaders of the Association of Travel Companies and Tour Operators of Malaysia (MATTA) and more than 50 leading travel agencies of the country took part in this event.
During the meeting, the guests were acquainted with the tourism potential, historical and cultural heritage of Uzbekistan. They were also offered a presentation on the geography of flights, the fleet of Uzbekistan Airways, changes and innovations carried out by the national air carrier, including the launch of a new terminal for incoming passengers in the Tashkent International Airport with a wide range of infrastructure for fast passage of necessary formalities at the entrance to the country. Representative Office of the NAC presented to the participants a special (promotional) tariffs of the airline to attract tourists-pilgrims in the framework of "Ziyorat Tourism".
Special attention was attracted the pilot projects of the NAC "Uzbekistan +" which implemented this year with travel companies of Malaysia and Indonesia to attract transit tourists. Pilot projects have been implemented on the route Kuala Lumpur – Tashkent – Tel Aviv with a two-day stay in Uzbekistan for pilgrims traveling to the Al-Aqsa Mosque, Palestine, and on the route Kuala Lumpur – Tashkent – Moscow – St. Petersburg – Bukhara with three-day stay in Uzbekistan. Malaysian tour operators are also interested in the available opportunities to develop projects "Uzbekistan +" for transit tourists traveling to Europe and Turkey.
Participants of the round table noted that the special interest of Malaysian touristic companies to our country is caused by the growing prospect of cooperation with Uzbekistan in the sphere of religious, gastronomic, environmental, event, seasonal and transit tourism. With the introduction of a visa-free regime for citizens of Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, as well as special tariffs of the NAC, the above projects are quite feasible. In this context, the emphasis is on the availability of broad opportunities with the planned opening of direct flights between Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia, that will offer a tour package "Umrah Plus" on the route Kuala Lumpur – Tashkent – Jeddah air route for Malaysian pilgrims with a five-day stay in Uzbekistan.
Within the framework of the event, the "exchange of views" sessions took place. The Malaysian side shared its best practices in attracting foreign tourists to their country. Local representatives of touristic business noted the need for further broad promotion of Uzbekistan's tourism potential in Malaysia through the implementation of targeted large-scale advertising campaigns. At the same time, it is recommended to address the issue of excessive congestion of the country's existing tourism infrastructure in the "high season" and improve the transport system by creating more comfortable conditions for foreign tourists to stay in Uzbekistan by actively introducing an electronic platform for on-line payment for hotel, interurban transport and other services through mobile applications.
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