Azerbaijan as tourism destination?
The rich historical, cultural and
natural heritage of the country attracts visitors from all over the
world. Untouched nature, mineral springs, the world's only oil field
treatment - naphthalene, a unique ancient architecture, unique
culture, cuisine, and more contribute to the formation in Azerbaijan
of all types of tourism: business, sport, medical, cognitive, hunting,
exotic, beach and even gastronomic.
Azerbaijan is a territory of 9-out of
11 of the world's climatic zones. Climate of our country enables to
organize summer and winter holidays. Very common are ecological tours
to Azerbaijan, which include visits to nature reservations, trekking
and climbing routes. Midday sandy beaches offer opportunities for
diving, and swimming season starts in Azerbaijan in May.
Tourism sector in Azerbaijan is
developing day by day, becoming one of the most important sectors of
The “State Program on development of
tourism in the Republic of Azerbaijan for 2002-2005” approved by the
Decree of President Heydar Aliyev, as well as the “State Program on
socio-economic development of regions” were of great importance for
the tourism industry, and their implementation will create favorable
conditions for building rich infrastructure and lay the foundation for
our country's integration into the international tourism market.
Gained in those years of social and economic experience has created
new opportunities for the full development of tourism. World Heritage
List of UNESCO included the Inner City of Baku “Old City” with the
Shirvanshahs Palace and Maiden Tower and museum of petroglyphs “Gobustan”.
On turn other unique historical and archaeological curiosities.
Announcement by the President of
Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev the year 2011 as the Year of Tourism,
preparation of and holding a prestigious international contest
“Eurovision-2012” in the capital of Azerbaijan have created new
opportunities to increase the flow of tourists from all over the
world, and given a powerful impetus to the development of domestic
tourism. In particular, in the Year of Tourism there were opened a lot
of new hotels in tourist regions, roads in the direction of historical
and cultural reservations and sites of special purpose have been
improved and repaired, tourist traffic signs have been established,
the construction of a tourist complex “Shahdag” has been sped up, the
works on Development of tourism infrastructure in the cultural and
historical reservations such as Shabran and Lahij, have been carried
out. A draft navigation GoMap which includes data on tourist areas,
monuments and other landmarks of the country has been implemented as
As a result of government’s actions in
the country, a modern hotel and service infrastructure has been
established, training of personnel for the tourism industry has been
provided, and an extensive network of travel agencies (more than 200
travel agencies) has been ensured, information and advertising
structures are successfully operating, a lot of tourist routes which
pass through the most picturesque and fertile regions have been
created and tested in Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan learns quickly and gains
experience. The country is annually held international exhibition
“Travel and Tourism» AITF. Azerbaijan, in turn, participates in the 20
most prestigious international tourism forums in London (WTM), Berlin
(ITB), Moscow (MITT), Istanbul (MTE), etc.
The flow of tourists is increasing every year (according to official
information in 2011 Azerbaijan was visited a record number of foreign
nationals - more than 2.2 million), so in the capital and other
tourist areas there is a growing number of hotels with the highest
level of service. Today their number is more than 500. Among the most
popular hotels in the capital are the chain of brand hotels such as
Four Seasons Hotel Baku, Hyatt Regency, JW Marriott Absheron Baku
Hotel, Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel, Grand Hotel Europe, Hilton Baku,
Kempinski Hotel Badamdar etc.
recreation, entertainment and sports centres operate also in the
regions of Azerbaijan - a chain of hotels and amusement park Qafqaz
Gabaland in Gabala, the epic winter and summer tourist complex
“Shahdag” in Gusar region, more than 15 Olympic sports complex having
necessary infrastructure for receiving tourists all over the country,
All this indicates that tourism in Azerbaijan is one of the priorities
of the state policy and holds great promise for economic development.
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