Meet Central Asian government agencies, tourism operators, hotel and catering sector representatives and education institutions at the second Discovery Central Asia Travel Forum, on 27-28 April, 2017.
The forum invites professionals in travel, tourism, hospitality and catering management, and education to meet their counterparts in Central Asia, including government agencies, and discuss working together to achieve the region’s enormous potential.
Guest speakers include:
Government agencies from Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
Tour operators from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan
The first Discovery Central Asia Travel Forum was opened by ex-President of the Kyrgyz Republic, Roza Otunbayeva, and held on 28-29 April, 2012, at the Golden Dragon Hotel, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. It attracted over 300 delegates from 15 countries, and also celebrated 10 years of forum organiser and UK-based publishing house Silk Road Media.
Central Asia and its people have much to offer the world as a centre for growth in tourism:
Inbound Central Asian tourism industry worth $300million in 2010/11, year on year growth of 12%
Over 1.5million Central Asians travelled abroad as tourists in 2011 in an industry worth over $900 million, with year on year growth of 20%
Over 2,000 tour operators were working in Central Asia in 2010/11, year on year growth of 10%
Interest in the region’s natural resources grows daily, but so far the region has yet to develop its enormous potential for tourism. Last year, 2011, marked the 20th anniversary of the Central Asian republics’ independence, and during the past two decades, people in these countries have begun to travel the world as tourists.
However, tour operators are yet to match demand with service, and are looking to international counterparts for business partner opportunities.
Similarly, Central Asian students are a growing economic force in the education sector:
Over 12 000 Central Asian students attended higher education overseas in 2010/11, year on year growth of 20 %
Over 200 000 Central Asian students attended higher education in their home countries in 2010/11, year on year growth of 8%
Despite new further and higher education facilities opening every year, courses remain oversubscribed, providing a great opportunity for foreign investors and universities to establish their educational systems in the region.
Likewise, those choosing to study abroad need to be fully informed of the international opportunities available. The Discovery Central Asia Travel Forum 2013 will host representatives from top Central Asian and international colleges to discuss how to best to meet this growing demand.
The Discovery Central Asia Travel Forum will take place from 27 to 28 April, 2013, at the Ismaili Centre, Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
It is hosted by Silk Road Media, a British publishing house now celebrating 11 years of bringing Central Asia’s culture, people, wildlife and business to the world, and distributing international publications in Central Asia.
To register, please complete the registration form at www.forumdiscovery.com no later than 31 March, 2013.
For more information please contact:
Discovery Central Asia Travel Forum
Tel.: + 996 555 20 68 45
For media enquiries, please contact James Willsher
Regional manager, Silk Road Media
Tel.: (+44) 07772227321