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Uzbekistan's new tourist resort creates jobs

Uzbekistan's new tourist resort creates jobs
Copyright  euronews   -  
By Galina Polonskaya

Silk Road Samarkand, Uzbekistan’s brand-new tourist cluster, opened its doors to visitors this autumn. 

The variety of modern hotels, wellness services, restaurants and tourist attractions promise to be transformative for the local tourism industry.

Developments in tourism

Silk Road Samarkand is the only tourist hub of such a scale in Central Asia, and with the hotels and services on offer, the resort is expected to double the number of tourists coming to the region.

Businesses also hope that tourists will be inspired to stay for longer periods of time, which would boost the local economy and create more jobs.

Roland Obermeier, the Cluster General manager of Samarkand Regency Amir Timur and Savitsky Plaza Hotels said that the new luxury services available in the resort means Samarkand can step up its tourist offering.

Luxury service was non-existent, and now there is a set of hotels with 4, 5-star, 5-star deluxe standards and that is something completely new. We call it a destination resort, you can spend 3 days, 4 days, a week here and experience the destination the culture, the culinary experience, all in one place. We offer congress tourism, business tourism, culinary tourism, at a level that was not there in the past.
Roland Obermeier
Cluster General manager of Samarkand Regency Amir Timur and Savitsky Plaza Hotels

More job opportunities

The building of tourist infrastructure for the Silk Road resort has created more than two thousand jobs, boosting employment opportunities for Samarkand locals, who may otherwise have looked for work abroad.

Umid Ulugbekov, a concierge assistant at the Samarkand Regency Amir Timur Hotel, told Euronews that he feels “extremely lucky” for the opportunity to learn from his role.

For me, working here is a unique opportunity to gain world scale international experience without leaving my hometown, this was previously impossible in Samarkand, I am extremely lucky.
Umid Ulugbekov
Concierge Assistant Samarkand Regency Amir Timur Hotel
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Umid Ulugbekov, concierge assistantEuronews

According to Dias Khalkunov, manager, Silk Road Samarkand, those working in the hotels are trained to internationally recognised standards, with a focus on computer programmes, communication, and guest service skills.

But the hotel industry provides a wide variety of careers, reaching beyond traditional hospitality and housekeeping roles.

The Silk Road Samarkand Fleet was launched to transport tourists to the heart of the cluster, the Eternal City, a town constructed in the medieval style.

The new sailors were trained from scratch by an experienced boatswain, a rare opportunity for young Uzbeks, given the landlocked geography of the country.

For me, this is a dream job, since my childhood I have been fond of technology and mechanics, and I consider this an exciting chance to master this profession in Uzbekistan… there is no access to the sea nor into the oceans, so to get this knowledge here is unique.
Svyatoslav
Silk Road Samarkand Fleet Sailor

Investment beyond the resort

While the number of tourists coming to the region will increase with the opening of the Silk Road resort, the type of tourist is also expected to diversify, with many coming on business or wellness trips.

Locals hope that these new types of tourists will visit the iconic sites of Samarkand, which is famous for being on the Silk Road – the ancient trade route linking China to the Mediterranean – boosting the economy of the city.

One sector which could benefit is the Arts, with new hotels bringing visitors interested in crafts tourism.

Alfiya Valieva, Art Director of the Aysel Gallery, said that if more tourists come, the gallery will be able to "create even more" and hire even more artists and designers.