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Tourism in Tajikistan as Seen by Tour Operators (English)

A World Bank Group (WBG) team from the finance, competitiveness, and innovation global practice rolled out a survey to obtain information on the experiences of visitors to Tajikistan. Data on tourism in Tajikistan are scarce where quantitative information is limited to mostly aggregate arrival data, while qualitative information is almost absent. To address this limitation, as part of the preparation of the Tajikistan rural economic development project (REDP), the WBG team rolled out a small-scale, independent survey. The objective of the survey was to complement quantitative data about tourism arrivals and spending and to collect information that could inform the design of REDP interventions. A survey of tour operators was conducted in summer 2018 to collect data about target groups of tourists in Tajikistan. The survey covered the nationwide Tajikistan experience, but gave particular focus to the two regions targeted by the REDP namely Khatlon and Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO). Khatlon is a mainly agricultural area that is also rich in historical and cultural assets. GBAO is a remote region which is already a popular destination for foreign tourists in Tajikistan. The results of the survey confirmed and complemented some of the information collected by the team during focus group meetings with stakeholders, as well as discussions with individual tour operators in Tajikistan and abroad. Taken together, this exercise provided a snapshot of the country’s tourism offerings, as well as the behavior and interests of tourists who arrive in Tajikistan through tour operators. Quotes from tourists and other tourism-related sources are utilized throughout this document to support and enrich the quantitative observations, and to provide context to the findings. Tourism satisfaction surveys are expected to be implemented under the REDP, the findings of which would validate and further strengthen the present analysis

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Dall'Olio,Andrea Mario

Tourism in Tajikistan as Seen by Tour Operators (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/573001571208151536/Tourism-in-Tajikistan-as-Seen-by-Tour-Operators