Azerbaijan Witnesses Surge in Tourists From India, Pakistan, China and Drop From Arab Nations

Azerbaijan’s tourism industry is attracting more tourist from South Asian countries like Pakistan, India and China. As per Azerbaijan’s State Statistics Committee, the tourists from the Gulf countries decreased by 13.3% this year in comparison with last year. 

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The  South Caucasian country, Azerbaijan is known for the hospitality of its people, the country’s capital with its super modern and ancient buildings draws the attention of visitors from all over the world.

According to the Trend reports referring to the Azerbaijani State Statistics Committee, the number of tourists visiting Azerbaijan from Egypt, Pakistan, Turkmenistan, India, China, Georgia, and South Korea has increased while the tourists from the Gulf countries decreased at the beginning of this year.

In January 2019, 191,600 foreigners and stateless people from 143 countries visited Azerbaijan, a 2.9 percent increase compared to January 2018. Consequently, 29.4 percent accounted for the Russians, 29.1 percent – Georgian citizens, 11.2 percent – Turkish citizens, 5.4 percent – Iranian citizens, 4.5 percent – UAE citizens, 1.7 percent – Ukrainian citizens, 1.3 percent – Iraqi citizens, 17.3 percent – citizens of other countries, 0.1 percent – stateless people.

Among those who arrived in Azerbaijan in January 2019 the number of tourists from Egypt increased by 4.5 times, tourists from Pakistan – by twofold, tourists from Turkmenistan – by 1.7 times, tourists from India – by 1.4 times, tourists from China – by 26.5 percent, tourists from Georgia – by 21.9 percent, tourists from South Korea – by 15.2 percent.

The number of tourists from the Gulf countries decreased by 13.3 percent and reached 28,500 people, this year in comparison to previous year.

In January 2019, the number of tourists from the EU countries increased by 0.9 percent and reached 5,800 people, the number of tourists from the CIS countries – decreased by 0.2 percent and reached 67,200 people. While, 63.8 percent of tourists arrived by trains or vehicles, 35.4 percent – by planes, 0.8 percent – by ships.

“In 2018, 2,849,600 tourists from 196 countries arrived in Azerbaijan, showing a 5.7 percent increase compared to 2017”, according to the State Statistics Committee of Azerbaijan.

Azerbaijan has increased the interest of foreign tourists to the country due to the creation of diversified tourism infrastructure. Now, there are multiple opportunities available in the tourism industry of the country. The simplification of the visa regime will also play a major role in the development of tourism in Azerbaijan. Presently, citizens of a number of countries get visas right at the Azerbaijani airports, while some have to visit via online tourist visas.

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