Uzbekistan tourist attractions include the Islamic cities of Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, and Kokand. Muslims from Pakistan, Iran, and the Middle East have been drawn to these sites with their palaces, mosques, madrasses (religious colleges), and pre-Islamic remains.
In an effort to increase tourism in recent years, several hotels have been built in the Uzbekistan, and historical monuments were reconstructed. In 1998, foreign visitors totaled about 272,000.
According to 2002 US State Department estimates, the cost of staying in Tashkent was about $283 per day.