This is a best prospect industry sector for this country. Includes a market overview and trade data.
Last Published: 2/15/2019

Overview

 20142015 (estimated)2016 (estimated)2017 (Estimated)
Total Local Production160,000180,000200,000215,600
Total Exportsn/an/an/an/a
Total Importsn/an/an/an/a
Imports from the USn/an/an/an/a
Total Market Size400,000450,000500,000561,500
Exchange Rates5.306.507.008.8








(total market size = (total local production + imports) - exports)
Data Sources: World Travel and Tourism Council (2017), U.S. Embassy estimates for (2014 – 2016)

Tajikistan’s rich cultural heritage, hospitality and abundance of mountain snow peaks, rivers, lakes and recreational opportunities contribute to the development of country’s tourism industry.  In 2018, Tajik Government announced a year of tourism development.  The tourism sector is considered a priority for the development of the Tajik economy.  At the same time, undeveloped infrastructure and low levels of quality of services delay the growth of the tourism industry. According to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the direct contribution of Travel and Tourism to GDP was $215.6 million, 3.2% of total GDP in 2017 and forecasted to rise by 0.5% in 2018 and to rise by 3.9% from 2018-2028 to $316.5 or 2.5 per cent of total GDP in 2028. The total contribution of Travel and Tourism to GDP was $561.5 million or 8.3 per cent of GDP in 2017 and forecasted to rise by 1.9 per cent in 2018 and to rise by 4.4% to 883.1 million or 6.9 per cent to GDP in 2028. In 2017 Travel and Tourism directly supported 71,000 jobs and indirectly almost 200 thousand jobs.  Travel and Tourism investment in 2017 was $83.1 million.  It is expected to rise by 8.9 per cent in 2018 and to rise by 6.2 per cent over the next ten years to $165.7 million in 2028.

 

Leading Sub-Sectors

Tajikistan is not yet considered a major tourist destination.  In 2017 Tajikistan has climbed 12 places to rank 107th among 136 nations in the global Travel and Tourism (T&T) competitiveness index. According to statistical data from the Committee for Youth, Sports and Tourism Affairs under the Government of Tajikistan, 414,000 foreign tourists visited Tajikistan in 2015 and 312,000 foreign tourists visited the country over the first nine months in 2016.   Tajikistan is poorly served by international flight connections.  Turkish Airlines, Fly Dubai, Air Astana, S-7 are the only major international airlines, which fly to Dushanbe.  There are very few flights, and the flights that do exist are expensive.  In 2016 Tajikistan introduced an e-visa, available at www.evisa.tj.  In general the services at the airports and at border crossings do not meet international tourism standards.  The Tourism Development Committee under the Government of Tajikistan is the primary regulator for the tourism sector. It was re-established in May 2017.   This committee has approximately a dozen employees and maintains representative offices in 4 regions and 56 districts, although these representative offices are not always staffed.  The Tourism Development Committee is responsible for implementation of state policy and coordination of tourism activity in Tajikistan,  all state tourism programs, and international treaties and agreements in the field of tourism

Tourism Development Committee under the Government of Tajikistan
Mr. Numon Abdugafforzoda

Head of Committee
78 Rudaki Street
Dushanbe, Tajikistan
phones: +992 37 227 8480
phones: +992 37 227 8688
email:
tourism.tajikistan@mail.ru
www.traveltajikistan.tj

Consultants reported over 100 officially registered tourism service companies active in Tajikistan in 2017, most with a regional focus.  There are over 170 registered hotels and home stays, 25 of which are located in Dushanbe.  Leading hotels for international visitors include the Hyatt Regency Dushanbe, the Serena Hotel, and the Dushanbe Sheraton Hotel.  The tourism industry in Tajikistan is continuing to develop, primarily in Dushanbe, the Pamir and Fann mountain regions, which attract sightseers, climbers, and hikers.  Local agencies provide all-inclusive driving tours along the Pamir Highway, Wakhan Valley, and the Zarafshan Valley, hiking expeditions in the Fann Mountains and Pamir region (with guides, porters, and mules), climbing, skiing, hang gliding, paragliding, and whitewater rafting.

Sport hunting began in Tajikistan in 1987, and continues to be organized by officially licensed Tajik companies based out of hunting lodges in the Pamir region.  Packages cost vary from USD 30,000 and up per tourist/hunter to track (and kill, if desired) Marco Polo sheep, Siberian Ibex, wild boars, and brown bears.  Sheep and Ibex season runs from September to December, while bear season runs from September to October.  The Tajik government requires hunters to have a Tajik government license, a rifle permit, a tourist visa, and border transit permits. 

Opportunities

American travel agencies with clients seeking exotic adventure vacations high in the mountains could partner with Tajik travel firms and share the commission.  This could prove lucrative for firms with clients interested in game hunting expeditions.

Web Resources

Tajikistan e-visa  
(www.evisa.tj)
 
Tajikistan visa  
(https://www.visa.gov.tj/index.html)
 
Tourism Development Committee under the Government of Tajikistan
(http://traveltajikistan.tj/ru/about-us/)
 
World Travel and Tourism Council Tajikistan Report 2018
(https://www.wttc.org/search-results/?query=Tajikistan)
 
Trade and Tourism Competitiveness Report
(https://www.weforum.org/reports/the-travel-tourism-competitiveness-report-2017)
 
Ten Reasons to visit Tajikistan
(https://adventuresoflilnicki.com/10-reasons-to-visit-tajikistan/)
 
ITB Berlin exhibition
 (https://www.itb-berlin.de/en/)
 
Orom Travel
(http://www.oromtravel.tj)
 
Pamir Adventure
email pamirad@gmail.com
 
LLC Pamir Silk Travel
(http://pamirsilk.travel/en/intro/index.php)
 
Tour De Pamir
email ergashf@yahoo.com
 
Pamir Tourism Adventure
email: pamirstourism@yahoo.com
 
META
email: g.apandieva@rambler.ru
 
Pamir Highway Adventure Travel
 email: ubaidulla46@mail.ru
 
LLC Sarez
email info@sarez.travel
 
Ajam Tour
email: info@ajamtour.com
 
Pamir Eco-Tour Network, email: petnet.rashid@gmail.com
Pamir Horse Adventures, email: aspamir@gmail.com
Badakhshan Travel, email:  info@visitbadakhshan.com
TajGeoTour, email: sangin_elnazarov@mail.ru
Pamir Lodge, email: pamirlodge@hotmail.com
Drivers Association, email: assafar@yandex.ru
Serena Inn, email: zamira.kurbonova@serena.com.tj
Pamir Alpine Club, email: pamirguides@gmail.com
Pamiri De Handicrafts, email: info@depamiri.org
Hotel LaL, email: lalhotel@inbox.ru
COTUS, email:  bizmich.gh@mail.ru
JSC Sanatorium Bakhoriston (www.bahoriston.tj)
JSC Intourist Tojikistan (www.intourist.tj)
LLC Tadjikaviatour (www.tajikaviatour.tj)
Olami Sayokhat  (www.tajikaviatour.tj)
LLC Sogdiana-Pamir Tour (www.sogdianapamir.tj)
Zerafshan Tourism Development Association (www.ztda-tourism.tj)
LLC Pamir Travel (www.travel-pamir.com)
LLC Tajiktour (www.traveltotajikistan.com)
Rotel Tours (www.rotel.de)
Hauser Exkursionen (www.hauser-exkursionen.de)
Nomad Reisen (http://www.nomad-reisen.de)
Diamir Erlebnisreisen (www.diamir.de)
LLC M.Tour, email: m.tour@mail.ru
JSC The Council on Tourism and Excursions, email: firuza-81@mail.ru
LLC Dzhavohir (www.javohir.tj)
LLC Pandzhikent Tour, email: sharifbadalov@mail.ru
LLC Rohat Tour (www.rohat-tour.tj)
LLC Zurmich email: zurnach@mail.ru
LLC Sky Tour (www.skytour.tj)                  
LLC Aspendos Travel (www.aspendostravel.com)          
LLC Zigana Tour (www.ziganatour.tj)  
Alpinist Tourist Base Artuch LLC (www.artuch.tj)
Tourism Information Center in Khorugh (http://www.pecta.tj/)

 

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Tajikistan Travel and Tourism Trade Development and Promotion