In 2017, 2,696,700 tourists travelled to Azerbaijan, up 19.9% from same period of 2016, APA reports quoting Ministry of Culture and Tourism reported.
Of these tourists, 3.7% came from Russia, 20% from Georgia, 13.5% from Iran, 11.2% from Turkey, 3.8% from UAE, 2.3% from Iraq, 2.1% from Ukraine, 15.3% from other countries.
In comparison to a year earlier, number of tourists from Kuwait increased by 9.7-fold, from Oman – by 7.4-fold, from Saudi Arabia – by 4.5-fold, from Bahrain – by 3.6-fold, from UAE – by 2.4-fold, from Qatar – by 2.4-fold, from Iran – by 1.5-fold. Totally, number of tourists from the Gulf countries increased by 65.2% to 614,700 people.
Number of tourists from EU countries soared 17.4% to 105,400, from CIS countries by 14.3% to 1,006,500 people.
Number of Azerbaijani citizens travelling to foreign countries dropped 4% to 4,108,900.