Tourism in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan recorded a total of 9 million tourists in 2018, ranking 45th 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 Kazakhstan, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.47 tourists per resident, Kazakhstan ranked 92nd in the world. In Central Asia, it ranked 1st.

Kazakhstan generated around 2.65 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 1.5 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2018 spent about 269 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Kazakhstan from 1996 to 2018

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Kazakhstan 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 5 countries in Central Asia.

Tourists per year in Kazakhstan

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 155.00 million USD, or about 0.76 percent of the gross national product. Within 23 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 2.65 billion USD, accounting for 1.5 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 302 USD for his holiday in Kazakhstan.

Tourism receipts in Kazakhstan per year

All data for Kazakhstan in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1996202,000258.00 m $1.2 %1,277 $
1997284,000350.00 m $1.6 %1,232 $
1998257,000454.00 m $2.1 %1,767 $
1999394,000394.00 m $2.3 %1,000 $
20001.68 m403.00 m $2.2 %239 $
20012.69 m502.00 m $2.3 %186 $
20023.68 m680.00 m $2.8 %185 $
20033.24 m638.00 m $2.1 %197 $
20044.29 m803.00 m $1.9 %187 $
20054.37 m801.00 m $1.4 %184 $
20064.71 m973.00 m $1.2 %207 $
20075.31 m1.21 bn $1.2 %229 $
20084.12 m1.26 bn $0.94 %305 $
20093.77 m1.19 bn $1.0 %314 $
20104.10 m1.24 bn $0.83 %302 $
20115.69 m1.52 bn $0.79 %268 $
20126.16 m2.15 bn $1.0 %350 $
20136.84 m2.37 bn $1.00 %346 $
20146.33 m2.24 bn $1.0 %354 $
20156.43 m1.83 bn $0.99 %285 $
20166.51 m2.04 bn $1.5 %313 $
20177.70 m2.36 bn $1.4 %306 $
20188.79 m2.65 bn $1.5 %302 $


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

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