On November 28, 2019, the Russian version of National Geographic Traveler (USA) summed up the results of the annual national Geographic Traveler Awards 2019 for the best tourist destinations.
According to the results of online voting held from June 29 to October 31, 2019 in 24 main categories, Uzbekistan became the winner in the direction of "Opening of the year", gaining 40% of the total number of votes cast. Armenia, Oman, Taiwan and Romania also competed for the championship in this category.
The award ceremony was held on November 28 at the Moscow President Hotel. The Discovery of the Year award was presented to the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the Russian Federation, Botirjon Asadov.
Recall that last year in the national Geographic Traveler Awards, Uzbekistan took the first place in the category "Gastronomic tourism" with 34%.