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Tourism in Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan recorded a total of 7 million tourists in 2019, ranking 30th in the world in absolute terms.

Without including the size of a country, such a ranking list may not be very meaningful. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Uzbekistan, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.20 tourists per resident, Uzbekistan ranked 90th in the world. In Central Asia, it ranked 2nd.

Uzbekistan generated around 395.00 million US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 0.66 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 31 percent of all international tourism receipts in Central Asia.

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Development of the tourism sector in Uzbekistan from 1995 to 2019

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

Revenues in tourism

In 1996, tourism revenues amounted to 15.00 million USD, or about 0.11 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 173,000 tourists at that time and roughly 87 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 395.00 million USD, accounting for 0.66 percent of the gross national product.

Tourism receipts in Uzbekistan per year

All data for Uzbekistan in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts% of GNPReceipts per tourist
20196.75 m1.68 bn $2.8 %249 $
20185.35 m1.31 bn $2.5 %246 $
20172.69 m835.00 m $1.3 %310 $
20162.03 m579.00 m $0.67 %286 $
20151.92 m688.00 m $0.80 %359 $
20141.86 m660.00 m $0.82 %354 $
20131.97 m
20121.90 m
20111.39 m
2010975,000121.00 m $0.24 %124 $
20091.22 m99.00 m $0.29 %81 $
20081.07 m64.00 m $0.22 %60 $
2007903,00051.00 m $0.23 %56 $
2006560,00043.00 m $0.25 %77 $
2005242,00028.00 m $0.20 %116 $
2004262,00057.00 m $0.47 %218 $
2003231,00048.00 m $0.47 %208 $
2002332,00068.00 m $0.70 %205 $
2001345,00072.00 m $0.63 %209 $
2000302,00063.00 m $0.46 %209 $
1999487,000102.00 m $0.60 %209 $
1998811,000167.00 m $1.1 %206 $
1997960,000198.00 m $1.3 %206 $
1996173,00015.00 m $0.11 %87 $
199592,000


Our data on tourist numbers, revenues and expenditures are based on information from the World Tourism Organization. However, to ensure international comparability, the data for some years or countries were manually researched and corrected if they obviously included visitors without overnight stays. In these cases, the data were taken from the official communications of the respective national tourism authorities.

The WTO additionally points out that in some countries the number of tourists is only counted at airports, in others also at border crossings or even hotels. A comprehensive and reliable indication is therefore hardly possible in any country.

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