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Tourism in Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan recorded a total of 9 m tourists in 2019, ranking 49th 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 Kyrgyzstan, the result is much more comparable picture: With 1.3 tourists per resident, Kyrgyzstan ranked 62nd in the world. In Central Asia, it ranked 1st.

Kyrgyzstan generated around 708.00 m US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 8.4 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 13 percent of all international tourism receipts in Central Asia.

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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 73 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Kyrgyzstan spend as much as 86 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Kyrgyzstan from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Kyrgyzstan 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 Kyrgyzstan

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 5.00 m USD, or about 0.30 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 36,000 tourists at that time and roughly 139 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 708.00 m USD, accounting for 8.4 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 83 USD for his holiday in Kyrgyzstan.

Tourism receipts in Kyrgyzstan per year

All data for Kyrgyzstan in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
20198.51 m708.00 m $8.4 %83 $
20186.95 m518.00 m $6.3 %75 $
20174.57 m480.00 m $6.2 %105 $
20163.85 m477.00 m $7.0 %124 $
20154.00 m482.00 m $7.2 %121 $
20143.79 m468.00 m $6.3 %123 $
20134.13 m585.00 m $8.0 %142 $
20123.39 m486.00 m $7.4 %143 $
20113.03 m405.00 m $6.5 %134 $
20101.22 m212.00 m $4.4 %173 $
20092.45 m300.00 m $6.4 %122 $
20082.38 m569.00 m $11.07 %239 $
20071.66 m392.00 m $10.31 %237 $
2006766,000189.00 m $6.7 %247 $
2005319,00094.00 m $3.8 %295 $
2004398,00092.00 m $4.2 %231 $
2003342,00062.00 m $3.2 %181 $
2002183,00048.00 m $3.0 %262 $
2001199,00032.00 m $2.1 %161 $
2000173,00020.00 m $1.5 %116 $
1999165,00018.00 m $1.4 %109 $
1998290,00012.00 m $0.73 %41 $
199787,0007.00 m $0.40 %80 $
199642,0004.00 m $0.22 %95 $
199536,0005.00 m $0.30 %139 $


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

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