On March 26, 2019, during a visit to the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Rector of the Academy of Tourism in Antalya, Zafer Bikkenoglu, met with the Rector of the Silk Road International University of Tourism in Samarkand, Turaev Bakhodyr Hatamovich, during which they discussed the prospects for joint cooperation. The Uzbek side has proposed a project to open a branch of the Academy of Tourism on the basis of the Silk Road University.