Lure of Uzbekistan


With 4,000 historical places of interest, the country’s a major tourist hub, writes Shuib Taib

THE number of Malaysians travelling to Uzbekistan and Uzbeks travelling to Malaysia is expected to rise this year. Last year, 11,000 Uzbeks visited Malaysia.

Now that Uzbekistan Airways flies from Kuala Lumpur to Uzbekistan three times a week, the impact on travel between the two countries can be tremendous.

If anything, the recent “road show” Press conference organised by Uzbekistan Airways was indicative of a bright future. It was attended by more than 70 local and foreign tour agents and operators as well as media representatives.

“Uzbekistan has a long history beginning in the 7th Century and it has more than 4,000 historical places of interest. Whether it is Tashkent, Samarkand, Bukhara or Khiva, there is something Malaysians would love to see and do,” said P. Palaniappan, general manager of MHV International, the group sales agent for Uzbekistan Airways.

Also present were general manager of Uzbekistan Airways in Kuala Lumpur Zaripov Negmatillo, Uzbekistan Embassy trade counselor Takhir Aliev and Uzbekistan Association of Tourism Organizations chairman Otabek Djalilov.

(From left) P. Palaniappan, Negmatillo, Aliev and Djalilov.

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