Tourism in Turkmenistan

Turkmenistan recorded a total of 8,200 tourists in 2007, ranking 200th 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 Turkmenistan, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.0014 tourists per resident, Turkmenistan ranked 202nd in the world. In Central Asia, it ranked 5th.

Turkmenistan generated around 46.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.11 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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On average, each of the tourists arriving in 1997 spent about 160 US Dollars.

Development of the tourism sector in Turkmenistan from 1995 to 2007

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Turkmenistan 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.

Tourists per year in Turkmenistan

Revenues in tourism

In 1996, tourism revenues amounted to 13.00 million USD, or about 0.55 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 217,000 tourists at that time and roughly 60 USD per person. Within 1 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 46.00 million USD, accounting for 1.9 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 179 USD for his holiday in Turkmenistan.

Tourism receipts in Turkmenistan per year

All data for Turkmenistan in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
1995218,000
1996217,00013.00 m $0.55 %60 $
1997257,00046.00 m $1.9 %179 $
1998300,000
20003,400
20015,200
200210,800
20038,200
200414,800
200511,600
20065,600
20078,200


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

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