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Tourism is the only sector in Kyrgyzstan with positive trade balance.

Tourism is the only sector of the economy with positive trade balance where export of tourist activities amounted to $450 million and imports amounted to $330 million, said Director of the Tourism Department Maksat Damir uulu.

Tourists pay attention to visa requirements, security, and transport logistics in the first place, he noted.

"Our country is safe. Tourist police created this year proved to be vital and showed results. As for the visa issue, we extended the visa waiver act until 2025 from previous 2020 and added more 7 countries to the list, which means that now the number of countries whose nationals can travel to Kyrgyzstan without visa has increased from 45 to 52," he said.

The next year, a big international forum Aviation and Tourism will be held to invite famous tourist companies to Kyrgyzstan to present them the potential of Kyrgyzstan. In the first half of 2019, the number of tourists per 500 thousand people was higher than in the same period last year or 3.5 million people visited Kyrgyzstan.

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Date:Sep 11, 2019
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