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PetroChina уступила американцам

По итогам 2010 года компании из США занимают более половины строчек в списке 20 крупнейших компаний мира по капитализации, китайские – четыре. По данным агентства Bloomberg, в настоящее время первое место по величине занимает американский нефтепроизводитель Exxon Mobil с капитализацией по итогам торгов 28 декабря в $370,22 млрд (рост за год на 13%).

PetroChina уступила американцам

PetroChina уступила американцам
По итогам 2010 года компании из США занимают более половины строчек в списке 20 крупнейших компаний мира по капитализации, китайские – четыре. По данным агентства Bloomberg, в настоящее время первое место по величине занимает американский нефтепроизводитель Exxon Mobil с капитализацией по итогам торгов 28 декабря в $370,22 млрд (рост за год на 13%).

Ровно год назад первые два места держали китайская неф-тяная компания PetroChina и Exxon Mobil, рыночная стоимость которых составляла соответственно $346,66 млрд и $327,94 млрд. В этом году PetroChina занимает лишь третье место с капитализацией в $298,43 млрд (снижение на 14%).
Сильный рывок вверх сделала Apple, поднявшись за год на второе с одиннадцатого места. Рыночная стоимость производителя iPhones, iPads и компьютеров Mac увеличилась на 57% – до $298,56 млрд.

На четвертой позиции в этом году находится австралийско-британская BHP Billiton, крупнейшая в мире горнодобывающая компания.
Далее следует Microsoft, скатившаяся с третьей позиции, где она пребывала в конце 2009 года, и Торгово-промышленный банк Китая (Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, ICBC), потерявший четвертую строку прошлогоднего списка. Их капитализация опустилась соответственно на 13% – до $239,64 млрд и на 14% – до $225,91 млрд

Также в число 20 лидеров входят такие компании из США, как Berkshire Hathaway (11-е место, $197,68 млрд), General Electric (13-е место, $195,19 млрд) и Chevron (16-е место, $183,51 млрд), которые в конце прошлого года вообще не входили в данный список.

Кроме того, в двадцатке присутствуют Google (14-е место, $191,52 млрд), Wal-Mart Stores (15-е место, $191,42 млрд), Procter & Gamble (18-е место, $181,28 млрд) и IBM (19-е место, $181,02 млрд), которые ухудшили свои позиции за прошедший год.

AT&T осталась на 20-й строке с капитализацией на уровне $172,75 млрд. В то же время из списка лидеров ушли американские компании Johnson &Johnson (опустилась на 21-е место с 15-го) и JPMorgan Chase &Co. (на 22-е с 19-го). Также вылетела из двадцатки британская нефтегазовая компания BP. Сейчас она занимает 34-ю строку с рыночной стоимостью в $137,02 млрд

В двадцатку крупнейших компаний мира входят шесть представителей телекоммуникационной и компьютерной отраслей (в порядке позиций списка: Apple, Microsoft, China Mobil, Google, IBM и AT&T), пять нефтепроизводителей (Exxon, PetroChina, Petrobras, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron), четыре финансовых института (ICBC, China Construction Bank, Berkshire Hathaway, HSBC Holdings), три компании, ориентированные на потребителей (Nestle, Wal-Mart, Procter &Gamble), а также BHP Billiton и General Electric.

Российский «Газпром» по капитализации ($151,83 млрд) практически сравнялся с с рыночной стоимостью Coca-Cola ($151,77 млрд), однако остался за пределами двадцатки, заняв 27-ю строку.

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How Hotel Business in Uzbekistan Tries to Catch Up with Rising Flow of Tourists

In the country, tourism already has high priority and authorities are providing this type of business with finance

Image: Andrei Bortnikau/Shutterstock

By the end of 2021, Uzbekistan is planning to double its number of guest rooms as the market requires more of them for foreign tourists.

Pavel Nosachev

About 6.7 million foreign tourists visited Uzbekistan in 2019. Three years earlier this figure was only 2.2 million. As the World Tourist Organization (UNWTO) estimates, Uzbekistan holds the fourth position among countries with fast-developing tourism industries. However, the rising flow of foreign guests showed some shortcomings fir Uzbekistani tourism. One of the main pressure points is a low number of guest rooms.

Bed space under Uzbek sun

According to the State Tourism Committee of Uzbekistan, early this year there were 1,200 hospitality business sites including hotels (70%), hostels (18%) and other options (12%). The total number of rooms is about 24,000, with a total of50,000 beds available. “On average 83% of all rooms were booked in 2019. This is a very good result. Sometimes in peak season, it’s very hard to find available rooms in famous tourist centers like Tashkent or Khiva, Samarkand, and Bukhara,” says Shukhrat Isakulov, head of the Department on Strategic Development and Human Resources of the State Tourism Committee.

As Farangiz Abdullaeva, head of the Uzbekistan Association of Hoteliers noted, because of high demand the seasonal swing is no longer crucial. “Usually Uzbekistan tourism is considered seasonal, but in 2019 demand for room inventory was throughout the year,” she stated.

Support by the money

Authorities labelled tourism a strategic industry and are now trying to resolve problems with the shortage of available rooms. In 2019 the country launched a program to subsidize the construction of new hotels. The state covers developers' expenses in the amount of 40 million Uzbekistani soʻm ($4,200) for one room for three-star hotels and 65 million sums ($6,800) for a room in four-star hotels.

Aziz Tashev, the owner of the three-star Sogdiana Hotel in Samarkand, is one of those entrepreneurs who has already taken advantage of such support. “Thanks to this subsidy, we were able to cover our expenses by 20%; in total, we received 4.08 billion soʻm (equivalent to $ 428 thousand). This is significant support for us. It is impossible to develop tourism so fast without support from the state,” Tashev said.

The subsidy program will run until 2022. During this time, the number of hotels in the country should double (up to 2,400) and the number of rooms should increase to 50,000. Last year, 270 new hotel business facilities were built in Uzbekistan.

Change one’s lifestyle and become a hotelier

Uzbek authorities are ready to support local entrepreneurs not only with money but also with administrative power to simplify the procedure and requirements for obtaining a license for this type of activity. As a result, the number of guest houses and hostels has risen sharply in the country. According to Shukhrat Isakulov, these small businesses helped to manage the situation during peak periods in the 2019 tourist season.

The first hostel in Tashkent was opened by Abdulaziz Ikramzhanov and his parents more than a year ago. Now he is very confident that this type of hotel has great prospects in Uzbekistan. “We do not feel much competition, and there is no diversity among hostels either. Uzbeks are used to living in large houses, and now more and more people understand that it is normal to use their home to accommodate guests for money. Moreover, no additional paperwork is needed,” Ikramzhanov says.

The lack of bureaucracy to start a hotel business leads some owners of apartments to register their property as a hostel. According to Tashkent realtors, this trend is driven by a lack of available rooms in hotels and demand for apartments by daily rent. As Uzbekistani law requires foreigners to register at a place of stay if they do not leave the country before three days, hostels help to do that because they are registered in the state database.

“Now we see that many entrepreneurs are interested in tourism and shift here from other business segments. Businesses in tourism can be paid off very quickly, especially when there is such high demand for rooms,” Shukhrat Isakulov describes.

The deficit in rooms also affects the pricing policy of hotels, he says. “At the moment, hotel prices in Uzbekistan are relatively higher than in other countries. In Tashkent or Bukhara, a room in a three-star hotel will cost about $40-50,” Isakulov said. He is confident that the situation will change when more hotels in the country start operation.

Living well is not forbidden

The growth of tourist activity provoked interest in Uzbekistan from companies that specialize in the construction of five-star hotels and large hotel complexes. Currently, there are only two hotels of the highest segment in the republic - Hyatt Regency and Hilton, both located in Tashkent. According to Farangiz Abdullayeva, by the end of the year, the Marriot hotel will be opened in the Uzbekistani capital.

“Negotiations are ongoing with Sheraton and InterContinental - these are the brands that were on our market, but for some reason left it. Now they are returning, and very active. There was information, but not yet confirmed that the Four Seasons wants to enter our market. Big brands show great interest in Samarkand. Large hotel chains want to enter the local market because there are many different preferences for hotels in the country,” Abdullaeva emphasized.

Another reason why global hotel chains are so interested in Uzbekistan is the growth of business activity in the country. In turn, it stimulates the development of such a direction as MICE tourism which involves holding large business events, forums, congresses and so on. “We see that strong demand is the main reason more hotels with conference rooms currently are under construction. Therefore, Uzbekistan can pose itself as an effective platform for various business events,” she said.

Hotels without service - money down the drain

The development of the hospitality industry has also required new, well-trained workers. To guarantee high-quality service and to train personnel, the State Tourism Committee has created an institute of tourism development (methodological center for new standards and training programs development) as well as Silk Road International University in Samarkand for future tourist managers. Besides, last year 18 professional colleges in all regions of the country came under the jurisdiction of the State Committee for Tourism. The Association of Hoteliers of Uzbekistan opened its academy of hospitality. These education centers are expected to train personnel for the whole industry and hotels in particular.

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