Tourism in Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan recorded a total of 3 million tourists in 2018, ranking 81st in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Azerbaijan, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.26 tourists per resident, Azerbaijan ranked 118th in the world. In Western Asia, it ranked 15th.

Azerbaijan generated around 2.83 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 5.9 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 2 percent of all international tourism receipts in Western Asia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 960 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Azerbaijan spend only around 559 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Azerbaijan from 2002 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Azerbaijan each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 18 countries in Western Asia.

Tourists per year in Azerbaijan

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 87.00 million USD, or about 2.9 percent of the gross national product. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 2.83 billion USD, accounting for 6.0 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 1,075 USD for his holiday in Azerbaijan.

Tourism receipts in Azerbaijan per year

All data for Azerbaijan in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
2002576,00063.00 m $1.0 %109 $
2003768,00070.00 m $0.96 %91 $
2004989,00079.00 m $0.91 %80 $
2005693,000100.00 m $0.76 %144 $
2006682,000201.00 m $0.96 %295 $
2007732,000317.00 m $0.96 %433 $
20081.04 m382.00 m $0.78 %366 $
20091.01 m545.00 m $1.2 %542 $
20101.28 m792.00 m $1.5 %619 $
20111.56 m1.50 bn $2.3 %960 $
20121.99 m2.63 bn $3.8 %1,326 $
20132.13 m2.62 bn $3.5 %1,229 $
20142.16 m2.71 bn $3.6 %1,256 $
20151.92 m2.54 bn $4.8 %1,319 $
20162.04 m2.86 bn $7.5 %1,397 $
20172.45 m3.21 bn $7.9 %1,310 $
20182.63 m2.83 bn $6.0 %1,075 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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