Since gaining independence, the Government of Tajikistan (GoT) has recognized tourism as a priority sector for the development of the national economy. While underdeveloped tourism systems and infrastructures were inherited from the Soviet Union that did not meet the requirements of a modern market economy as a whole. Numerous important reforms have been proceeded by GoT with the aim to attract foreign tourists, encourage investment and improve the tourism infrastructure and business environment. Along with this, Tajikistan became a full member of the World Tourism Organization with the implementation of the wise and consistent “open-door policy”. It should be noted that the initial basis has been placed for the integration of the country's tourism industry and infrastructure into the world market.
On May 27, 2017, the Government of Tajikistan created a separate government body, namely “The Committee for Tourism Development" to promote state policy in the field of tourism. As a regulatory body, the Committee closely works with the relevant authorities to ensure that tourism sites are preserved, necessary conditions for the investment environment are created, a set of tourism programs are developed, and tourism services are provided in compliance with up-to-date technological requirements and standards.
Nonetheless, the current COVID-19 pandemic has had, and is continuing to have, a major impact on both source markets and destinations worldwide. As well as accounting for a substantial decrease in tourist arrivals since 2019, the pandemic has had a dramatic impact on consumer confidence and international travel patterns.
From the policy and institutional formation point of view, it is relevant to discuss post-COVID-19 programs, future strategies, and initiatives of GoT in tourism, particularly in the hospitality sector.
In this context, SAVR representatives have conducted a meeting with the Head of Committee for Tourism Development, Mr. Tojiddin Jurazoda with the aim at strengthening future cooperation in relation to SAVR’s business concept promotion and the above-mentioned initiatives in the hospitality sector.
During the meeting, the sides discussed the development of bilateral cooperation in tourism and investment fields. They expressed their willingness to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation between the private and government sector. Parties agreed to establish cooperation in the hospitality sector by taking into account the Governmental Strategy. As well as, initiated to conduct a regular dialogue, exchange of information and widening partnership.