Vugar Isayev, the director of the reserve, said that compared to 2017, the number of visitors to the reserve increased by 40,000 people (about 50 percent) in 2018.
Out of 123,000 visitors, 58,000 were from foreign countries, Isayev said, adding that the foreign visitors came from Turkey, Iran, Russia, Germany, the UK, Pakistan, China, the US, Indonesia, Kazakhstan and Arab countries.
The reserve was also visited by tourists from the island nation of Fiji and the Dominican Republic, he added.
Over 80,000 tourists visited the reserve in 2017.
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