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Asian countries embark on Silk Road Action Plan  


Published on Oct 14, 2010

At the 5th International Meeting on the Silk Road held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan on 8-9 October 2010, over 250 representatives from 26 countries took the first steps towards adopting a new Silk Road Action Plan.
Prior to the meeting, President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan discussed with UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai the importance of tourism in the country, the region and the future of the Silk Road initiative. President Karimov said that for his country, tourism is one of the highest priorities and that he would examine closely the need to facilitate cross border travel and the development of better air links.

Developed by UNWTO, the Silk Road Action Plan provides a launch pad for strengthening the Silk Road brand, facilitating travel along the Silk Road and enhancing destination management. The proposals, now open for discussion, will provide a base for advancing robust, competitive and sustainable growth in tourism.

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