Indian tour operators visit Uzbekistan to establish ties
A delegation of Punjab branch of Indian Travel Agencies Association (PTAA) visited Uzbekistan last week and held negotiations with local counterparts on developing relations, Uzreport Information Portal reported.
Indian delegation included about 44 representatives of the Indian association and visited Tashkent and Bukhara on invitation of tour operator OrexCA.com and at the support of Uzbekistan Havo Yollari (Uzbekistan Airways) office in Amritsar.
Ramesh Bhatia, chairman of PTAA, said the delegation visited Uzbekistan to discuss cooperation at the level of private tour agencies, studying offered tourism products of Uzbekistan. He said that the agenda of the visit was slightly changed after arrival and establishment of the cooperation with Uzbekistan national tourism administration was proposed.
Bhatia said the Indian side confirmed intend to Uzbekistan national tourism administration on entrance to tourism market of Uzbekistan and offered to sign memorandum of development of mutual beneficial cooperation in tourism.
Sarbdjit Singh, Guru Nanak Travel Advisers representative, said it is easier to reach from Amritsar to Tashkent rather than Indian resort Goa, taking into account direct flight between Tashkent and Pandjab.
Michael Shamshidov, Director Marketing of OrexCA.com, said over two years was required to organize the visit of the delegation of Punjab tourism business to Uzbekistan. Representatives of OrexCA.com have visited India several times since 2007 and organized a familiarization visits to Uzbekistan of Indian firms.
The company also created special section (UzbekBollywood.info) for Indian tour operators, which includes tourism products and information about Uzbekistan, as well as information for Bolliwood to attract attention of directors to Uzbekistan. Indians frequently select their destination countries based on Bolliwood films.
The sides also discussed issues, which hindering attraction of Indian tourists to Uzbekistan. Among them were simplification of tourism formalities, including visa issues, decrease of air ticket prices, improvement of tourism infrastructure and others.
Information by www.uzbekistan.be/press-releases/39-2009.html