BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26
By Klavdiya Romakayeva - Trend:
Some 1.5 million foreigners visited Uzbekistan in 2020, which is 77.7 percent less than in 2019, Trend reports referring to the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan.
According to the committee’s report, 94.4 percent (1.4 million) were residents of the CIS countries, and 5.6 percent (83,800) were from other countries.
It was noted that the coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent closures of interstate borders strongly affected the flow of tourists in Uzbekistan in 2020.
Thus, the largest flow among the CIS countries fell on Kyrgyzstan – 508,000 tourists, Kazakhstan – 424,100, Tajikistan – 337,500.
Significantly fewer tourists arrived in Uzbekistan in 2020 from Russia – 81,600 and Turkmenistan – 60,600 tourists.
The smallest number of tourists who arrived in Uzbekistan from the CIS countries in 2020 accounted for Azerbaijan and Belarus, 2,200 and 6,000, respectively.
Speaking of other regions, the largest flow of tourists to Uzbekistan in 2020 was observed from Turkey – 21,000 tourists. It is followed by China – 7,200, South Korea – 6,700, India – 4,700, Ukraine – 3,200, Germany – 2,100, the US and Pakistan each – 1,800, Japan and the UK each – 1,400, France – 1,100, Israel and Moldova each – 1,000, Italy and Iran each – 900 tourists.
The committee noted that most of the tourists arriving in Uzbekistan are men - 50.9 percent (765,000), while the number of women accounted for 49.1 percent (739,000).
It was also reported that the main purpose of the visit of foreigners in 2020 to Uzbekistan is to visit relatives (87.8 percent). People that traveled to Uzbekistan for tourism purposes accounted for 8.6 percent, 1.2 percent of foreigners came to provide services, 1 percent for treatment, 1.1 percent for work, and 0.3 percent for studies.
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