Tourism Opportunities in ECO Region
ECO region with an area of more than 8 million square kilometers stretching from central to south and south-west Asia and a population of around 450 million inhabitants is well-known for its natural beauties, as well as diversity of its historical-cultural heritage. In this respect the region has a significant potential to be one of the major tourism destinations in the world, albeit not duly explored. The Region is one of the world’s richest in terms of tourism its historical and cultural heritage and echoes memoires of the ancient Silk Road. As one of the largest and fastest growing economic sectors in the world, tourism is well-positioned to foster economic growth and development at all levels and provide income through job creation. The ever increasing and contribution of tourism to the world economy and less investment requirements and environmental effects makes it inevitable to adopt plans and strategies for development of tourism on national and regional basis.
Tourism is among the sectors gained due attention by the ECO Member States as an important source of national income, as well as a major contributor to the strengthening of the economic growth of the countries including through enhanced service sector, and to the strengthened cultural affinity and awareness among the nations of the Region. ECO Vision 2025 has identified tourism as the 4th priority of the Organization.
Tourism Council (TC) of the Economic Cooperation Organization of Chamber of Commerce and Industry
The 11th Meeting of the Tourism Council (TC) of the Economic Cooperation Organization of Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ECO-CCI) was held on 12 December 2018 in Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan and decided to give place to Member countries to share their tourism prospects in the ECO CCI website.