Uzbekistan for the first time got to the list and takes the second place immediately after South Korea (Busan). It should be noted that our country is ahead in the ranking Lonely Planet such traditional and "promoted" areas as Vietnam, Japan, Thailand, Nepal, Sri Lanka, China and Indonesia.
As noted by Lonely Planet, Uzbekistan " with its fascinating mosaic mosques and legends along the silk road for a long time had a strong influence on the imagination of travelers. But the Republic until recently was not well known to the rest of the world."
The publication highly appreciates the steps taken in the country to improve the conditions for tourism.
"By the end of 2017, the country had made huge strides in opening up its tourism sector, announcing visa-free and e-visa schemes, new air routes, and expanding its brilliant high-speed rail network, providing easier than ever access to its brilliant architectural collection and ancient cities. Uzbekistan enjoys the benefits of its hospitality and the country is undergoing positive reforms," the newspaper writes.
Lonely Planet-is one of the first and most reputable publishers in the world of tourism. It specializes in the production of guides, a specialized magazine, and recently – and the popular online tourist portal. It was founded in 1972 and has about 300 authors. It is headquartered in Australia.