Published on : Saturday, January 11, 2020
“In 2019, the tourist flow to Azerbaijan increased by 11.4 percent compared to 2018, up to 3.17 million people. At the same time, the number of tourists from Europe amounted to 224,000 people, which is 14.7 percent more than in 2018,” the agency reported.
Among European countries, UK is the leader for the number of tourists (36,000 tourists). Tourists from the UK increased by 25.3 percent in 2019.
In 2019, the tourist flow from Germany increased by 19.4 percent – up to 20,000 people, from Italy – by 10.8 percent, up to 12,000, France – by 15.2 percent, up to 9,000 tourists.
The highest tourist inflow from among the South Asian countries was seen from India. There was an increase of 66.8 percent (65,000 tourists), from Pakistan – by 12.9 percent (up to 46,000 people).
The growth among the Central Asian countries in the number of tourists from Turkmenistan grew to 85 percent (52,000 tourists), Kazakhstan – 26.1 percent (47,000 people), Uzbekistan – 28.3 percent (23,000).
As many as 2.8 million tourists in 2018 from 196 countries visited Azerbaijan. Russian, Georgian, Turkish and Iranian citizens comprised the major share of the tourists coming to the country. In 2018, there was a major rise in visitor numbers coming from Gulf.
In recent times, the development of the diversified tourism infrastructure in Azerbaijan has raised the international interest to the country. There are several opportunities for tourism in Azerbaijan, including rural, health, environmental, cultural, social, commercial, sport, and other kinds of tourism.