The Great Silk Road International Tourist Centre opened in Samarkand Region. On August 23, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived in Samarkand to participate in the festive events, the press office of the President of Uzbekistan reported.
The construction of the Great Silk Road Tourist Centre started in 2019. The President of Uzbekistan initiated the idea of creating the facility. The Tourist Centre is located on the banks of the rowing canal in Samarkand Region. It covers an area of 212 hectares; 8 comfortable hotels, the Eternal City architectural ensemble, the Congress Hall and an amphitheatre were built on its territory in a short time. Up to 2 million tourists will visit the Centre every year.
The Tourist Centre is decorated with scenes from the history of the Great Silk Road, for example the scene of the reception of ambassadors from China, India and other major oriental states of that epoch by the ruler of Sogdiana.
There is an oriental bazaar on the territory of the Centre that features handicrafts made by Uzbek craftsmen.
It is expected that the opening of the Centre will increase the number of tourists visiting Samarkand to 9 million over the next five years. The Congress Hall will host international events, including the SCO Summit, top-level meetings of the Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, etc.