By Abdul Kerimkhanov
UNWTO (World Tourism Organization) experts have named the countries with the largest increase in tourist flow. Tajikistan took first line in the list. In 2018, the tourist flow to the country increased by 190 percent.
Ecuador (increase of 51 percent in the tourist flow), Egypt (36.8 percent), Tuvalu (35.5 percent) and Uganda (31.9 percent) were also among the leaders.
More than 215,000 foreign citizens entered Tajikistan in January-March 2019, According to the Tourism Development Committee under the Government of Tajikistan.
Numon Abdugaforzoda, the Chairman of the Committee, has previously said that the tourist season in the country began in May and the number of foreign tourists will gradually increase.
Currently, more than 145 travel companies operate in the tourism market of Tajikistan.
In 2018, as many as 1.16 million foreign citizens entered the country, which is 2.6 times more than in 2017, according to the Committee.
The World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism.
As the leading international organization in the field of tourism, UNWTO promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth, inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide.
UNWTO encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism, to maximize tourism's socio-economic contribution while minimizing its possible negative impacts, and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development worldwide.
UNWTO's membership includes 158 countries, six associate members and over 500 affiliate members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities.
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