The total number of the visitors travelling to the heart of Central Asia – Uzbekistan between January-December 2019 has reached 8,28 million people. As the Uzbek State Statistics Committee reports, the current number exceeds the indicators from the previous year for 28,7%.
Among thea bove mentioned statistics - 7,66 million people, which is the 92,5% of the total amount - were travellers from the CIS countries, and the remaining 7,5% (617,600 people) belong to other foreign countries citizens.
According to the tendency of the flow, the number of travellers among men slightly exceeds the number of women travellers as follows: 54,4% (4,5 million men) vs 45,6% (3.77 million women).
The main flow of foreign visitors of the country was indicated from the following countires: Kazakhstan – 2.45 million people (29.7% of the total number of arrivals), Tajikistan – 2.39 million (28.9%), Kyrgyzstan – 1.53 million (18.5%), Russia – 592,400 (7.2%), Turkmenistan – 629.600 (7.6%), Belarus – 20,400 (0.2%).
From other foreign countries, the largest flow was noticed from Turkey – 108,000 people (1.3%), China – 61,900 people (0.7%), South Korea – 40,600 people (0.5%), India – 32,100 people (0.4%), Germany – 29,000 people (0.3%), Japan – 25,200 people (0.3%), France, Italy and Israel – 21,200, 20,800 and 13,900 people, respectively.
As for the purpose of visit, the majority were mentioned to visit the relatives (66,7%) according to the statistics of the committee. The remaining percentage shows as following: for travel purposes - 12.6%, transit - 10.7%, treatment - 0.7%, work - 0.7%, commercial - 0.7%, permanent residence – 0.6%, service - 0.6%, study - 0.3% and others - 6.5%.
When it comes to the age criteria of the visitors, who paid a visit to Uzbekistan during 2019, the main amount makes the people aged 31-55 years old - 52.3%, 19-30 years old - 21.1%, 56 years old and older - 17.9%, 0-18 years old - 8.6%.
Uzbekistan was mentioned to be the top travel destination for 2020 for its cultural and historical points, recommended as the No.1 travel region by LONELY PLANET due to its easy access and new visa-free travel ability. It was also highlighted as “country of the year” by the Economist, for its significant economic and other government reforms. Above all others, Uzbekistan’s untouched history and delicious cuisine keep impressing its visitors, making the country increasingly popular destination to visit.