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Kygyzstan Travel and Tourism market report

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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Travel and Tourism - Kyrgyzstan market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

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Key points included

  • How does tourism contribute to the economy?
  • What are Kyrgyzstan’s main attractions for the adventure tourist?
  • What recent developments have contributed to Kyrgyz tourism?
  • Who are the key source markets for Kyrgyzstan and how do they travel to the country?
  • What are the challenges to be addressed in order for the Kyrgyz tourism sector to achieve its potential?

What you need to know

Kyrgyzstan is a destination defined by its extraordinary natural beauty with vast mountain landscapes, craggy ridges and rolling jailoos (summer pastures) presided over by semi-nomadic shepherds living in yurts. With the majority of attractions situated at high altitude, it is a hikers’ paradise, with numerous trails for hiking or horseback riding along with opportunities for extreme mountaineering. The summer is more accessible for travel and its nomadic culture means homestay tourism is common in rural Kyrgyzstan where visitors stay with local people in their homes (or yurts), enjoying local cuisines and activities.

Capital city Bishek is a mixture of nomadic, Soviet and modern influences and there are a large number of Soviet-era buildings such as Bishek’s History Museum, Victory Square and the Rossiya Cinema. There are many statues in Bishek including Central Asia’s last statue of Lenin behind the History Museum, and the city also hosts statues of two other communism icons, Marx and Engels. The State Museum of Fine Arts features collections of Kyrgyz embroidery and felt rugs along with rotating exhibitions of local and international touring works.

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Jessica Kelly, a leading analyst in the Tourism sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

Kyrgyzstan’s location on the Silk Road and in two of the world’s major mountain ranges, the Tien Shan and the Pamirs, gives the country fantastic cultural and natural advantages. Dramatic, snowy mountain peaks and extensive valleys, numerous glacial lakes, verdant summer pastures or ‘jailoos’, along with several UNESCO Silk Road sites all provide superlative locations for beach, culture and adventure tourism. There is significant need for investment across many areas to fully propel tourism onto the international stage but there is little doubt Kyrgyzstan has the potential to become a serious player in the outdoor adventure tourism arena. Jessica Kelly
Senior Tourism Analyst

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Table of contents

  1. Kyrgyzstan: Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

                • The Silk Road
                • Tourism and the Economy

                    • Figure 1: GDP growth (%) 2015-20
                    • Figure 2: International visitor expenditure, 2012-16
                    • Figure 3: International visitor expenditure by purpose of travel, 2012-16
                • Arrivals

                  • International
                    • Figure 4: Top source markets to Kyrgyzstan, 2014-16
                  • Domestic
                    • Figure 5: Arrivals at accommodation & hotels by domestic tourists, 2012-16
                • Market Characteristics

                  • International
                    • Figure 6: International visitor arrivals by purpose of visit, 2015*
                  • Domestic
                  • Transport

                      • Air
                        • Figure 7: Passenger statistics at Kyrgyzstan’s international airports, 2017
                      • Road
                        • Rail
                          • Sea
                          • Accommodation

                              • Figure 8: Accommodation for visitors in hotels & similar establishments, 2012-16
                              • Figure 9: Distribution of tourist accommodation by category & region, 2015
                          • Tourism News

                            • USAID supports tourism projects
                              • Development of community-based tourism (CBT)
                                • World Nomad Games
                                  • Kyrgyzstan garnering international recognition
                                  • What Next?

                                    • Addressing challenges to fully develop tourism
                                      • Forecasts