Gov’t get­ting ready to boost beach tourism

Azer News - - Country Guide - By Amina Nazarli

Think­ing of Azer­bai­jan con­jures up vi­sions of beau­ti­ful na­ture, sandy beaches and long, sunny days.

An­nu­ally, the beach sea­son draws thou­sands of hol­i­day­mak­ers to the Baku shore of the Caspian Sea, turn­ing the city a top hol­i­day spot through­out the year.

While tourism is turn­ing into ever grow­ing sec­tor in Azer­bai­jan, which wel­comes more and more for­eign ar­rivals each sea­son, the government aims to boost the beach tourism and at­tract more tourists in this shiny sea­son.

To de­velop this field in the coun­try and at­tract more tourists, Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev ear­lier signed an ex­ec­u­tive order ap­prov­ing an ac­tion plan on the de­vel­op­ment of beach tourism for 2017-2020. The order aims to en­sure more ef­fec­tive use of the Azer­bai­jani sec­tion of the Caspian Sea to im­prove tourism in­dus­try.

Cul­ture and Tourism Min­is­ter Abul­fas Garayev, addressing a meet­ing on im­ple­men­ta­tion of the ac­tion plan, stressed that un­for­tu­nately some beaches in the coun­try do not meet the in­ter­na­tional stan­dards, of­fer poor ser­vice and ig­nore safety rules.

Garayev, not­ing the im­por­tance of ap­prov­ing the rel­e­vant rules in this area, said that a stan­dard for beach tourism has been pre­pared and sub­mit­ted to the State Com­mit­tee for Stan­dard­iza­tion, Metrol­ogy and Patents for ap­proval.

The min­is­ter added that be­fore the open­ing of the 2017 beach sea­son it is planned to open six pri­vate and six pub­lic beaches in Baku, Khachmaz, Lankaran, and As­tara re­gions of the coun­try within the ac­tion plan.

The Caspian Sea washes 825 km of Azer­bai­jan’s shores rang­ing from the bor­der with Rus­sia to Iran, thus rep­re­sent­ing a great op­por­tu­nity for beach tourism, not least for the con­se­quent in­come.

This sec­tion of the Caspian is great for sea­side hol­i­days, as the beach sea­son continues un­til Oc­to­ber, mak­ing pos­si­ble to tan and swim for five months of the year with sun­shine prac­ti­cally guar­an­teed. Fur­ther­more, the wa­ter of the Caspian Sea is not as salty as the wa­ter of the other seas hence more fa­vor­able for swim­ming, less ir­ri­tates eyes and does not dry skin.

The beaches lin­ing the Ab­sheron penin­sula are within easy reach of the cap­i­tal city, while the nec­es­sary in­fra­struc­ture – good roads and high­ways, a va­ri­ety of ho­tels and re­sorts - make the area a pop­u­lar for those seek­ing rest and re­lax­ation.

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