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Visitors’ numbers in Azerbaijan show an upward trend

In the initial two months of 2024, Azerbaijan witnessed a notable surge in tourist arrivals, marking a 46.7% increase compared to the same period last year, totaling 341,000 individuals. The top contributing countries during this period were Russia, Turkey, and Iran, accounting for 26.8%, 19.9%, and 9.8% of the arrivals, respectively. Additionally, India, Georgia, and Saudi Arabia constituted 6.9%, 4.8%, and 3.4% of the total tourists, respectively.

Rapid growth

China emerged as the leading contributor to Azerbaijan's tourism sector in 2023, witnessing a remarkable 4.1-fold increase in arrivals compared to the previous year. Alongside, significant growth rates were observed from countries such as Saudi Arabia, India, Kyrgyzstan, and Bahrain. The surge in arrivals from China, amounting to a 7.3-fold increase compared to the same period in 2022, underscores the burgeoning interest in Azerbaijan as a travel destination. Moreover, notable growth was also seen from South Korea, Turkmenistan, and India. Additionally, European nations like Italy, Spain, and Moldova played a part in the positive trend, contributing to the country's increasing popularity among global travelers. The expansion of economy-class flights and enhanced flight connectivity from Baku have been pivotal in fostering tourism, enabling travelers to explore Azerbaijan's rich cultural heritage, scenic landscapes, and seasonal attractions.

Trends in Tourist Arrivals and Transportation Preferences in Azerbaijan

Here are the various aspects of tourist arrivals in Azerbaijan, including the percentage distribution by region, the increase in arrivals from selected countries compared to the previous year, arrivals by region in the last year, and the preferred mode of transportation utilized by visitors.

Percentage of arrivals by region:

Region

Percentage of Arrivals

Russia

28.7%

Turkey

19.3%

Iran

10.3%

India

7.2%

Others

34.5%

Increase in Arrivals from Selected Countries (Compared to Last Year):

Selected Countries

Increase (Times)

China

3.7 times

India

2.4 times

Kazakhstan

2.4 times

Others

Varying

Increase in Arrivals from Selected Countries (Percentage Increase):

Selected Countries

Percentage Increase

Germany

49.5%

Uzbekistan

47.5%

Kuwait

42.4%

Others

Varying

Arrivals by Region in Last Year:

Region in Last Year

Number of Arrivals (Thousands)

Increase

European Union

18.6

1.6 times

Gulf countries

91.4

1.5 times

CIS countries

198.3

31.0%

Transportation Used:

Mode of Transportation

Percentage of Total Arrivals

Air

67.6%

Railway and Car

30.9%

Sea

1.5%

Combined data for tourist arrivals in Azerbaijan (January-March 2024):

Country

Number of Visitors (Thousands)

Russia (RU)

287.0

Turkey (TR)

193.0

Iran (IR)

103.0

India (IN)

72.0

Georgia (GE)

48.0

Saudi Arabia (SA)

24.0

Pakistan (PK)

24.0

UAE

21.0

Kazakhstan (KZ)

18.0

Uzbekistan (UZ)

18.0

Other

193.2 (Combined total from remaining 161 countries)

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