Tajikistan has climbed 12 places to rank 107th among 136 nations in the global Travel and Tourism (T&T) competitiveness index.
Russian is ranked 43rd, Kazakhstan -- 81st, and Kyrgyzstan -- 115th. The index does not include Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.
Spain attains the 1st place globally in the global T&T competitiveness index for the second time. Spain's success can be attributed to its unique offer of both cultural (2nd) and natural resources (9th), combined with sound tourism service infrastructure (2nd), air transport connectivity (9th) and strong policy support (5th).
Spain is followed by France and Germany. Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, Australia, Italy, Canada and Switzerland are also among the top ten countries in terms of tourism and tourist arrivals.
Mauritania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Chad and Yemen are at the bottom of the T&T competitiveness index.
According to the 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 of last year.