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 World Bank Group 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 RED: Khatlon and Gorno Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast.