On November 28, 2019, the Russian edition of the US National Geographic Traveler magazine finalized 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 nomination of “Discovery of 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 Moscow President Hotel. “Discovery of Year” award was presented to the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to the Russian Federation, Botirjon Asadov.
Last year, in the National Geographic Traveler Awards, Uzbekistan took first place in the category “Gastronomic tourism” with 34% of votes.