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NEWS AND EVENTS
March 22, 2005
CENTRAL ASIA TO PUT MORE EFFORT INTO ATTRACTING TOURISTS FROM JAPAN
International symposium on promotion of cultural exchange between the countries of Central Asia and Japan was held in Tashkent.

The participants of the seminar - some 100 representatives of the Japanese delegation and 200 specialists in the field of tourism from all countries of the region - discussed the possibilities of attracting larger number of tourists from Japan to Central Asia.

Vice-Minister of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Japan Hayao Hora noted, \"Potential demand for visits to the historical cites of the Central Asian region on the part of Japanese tourists is great\".

He was supported by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to Uzbekistan Yuichi Kusumoto. \"Japanese people are very interested in history; and this region has a very unique history. That is why Central Asia is very attractive for Japanese tourists, and it has a great potential,\" he added.

He also noted that to attract Japanese tourists is not an easy task. Tourists of Japan require very high level of service in general, and in tourism, in particular. He suggested improving the system of hosting the tourists in the region, and bringing the prices for services to compliance with the quality of tours. He also suggested providing more information on the region and its historical cites to Japanese tourists.


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