Land of Fire ex­pect­ing mas­sive in­flux of tourists for New Year

Azer News - - Front Page - By Aygul Sal­manova

The world is look­ing for­ward to pass­ing over 2017 and em­brac­ing 2018! Take along your loved ones with you and com­plete what you left un­fin­ished in the past year - visit Azer­bai­jan, medi­um­sized coun­try in the Cau­ca­sus con­sid­ered both part of Europe and Asia.

Most tourists vis­it­ing Azer­bai­jan on New Year hol­i­days will come from Arab and CIS coun­tries, the Chair­man of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Tourism of Azer­bai­jan Nahid Ba­girov told Trend.

He noted that the tourist flow is ex­pected mainly from Rus­sia, Kaza­khstan and Ukraine. “Re­cently there has been a trend to­wards an in­crease in the num­ber of tourists from Ukraine, and this year a sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in the flow of tourists from this coun­try to Azer­bai­jan is recorded,” he said.

Ba­girov added that com­pared to 2016, this year the num­ber of tourists com­ing to the coun­try for the New Year from Rus­sia, Kaza­khstan and Ukraine, will grow by 1520 per­cent.

The chair­man of the as­so­ci­a­tion be­lieves that Ga­bala and Gusar re­gions will be among the most pop­u­lar among the tourists of the re­gions of Azer­bai­jan ar­riv­ing for the New Year.

Changes in the leg­is­la­tion of the coun­try and the in­crease in the num­ber of tourists have also af­fected the ac­tiv­i­ties of tourism com­pa­nies said the tourism ex­pert Ay­din Ah­madov.

He noted that the ma­jor­ity of tourists com­ing to Azer­bai­jan are from Arab coun­tries. At the same time, there is an in­crease in the num­ber of tourists com­ing from Euro­pean coun­tries, Rus­sia and Tur­key.

The ex­pert noted that as the num­ber of tourists com­ing to our coun­try in­creases, it will not be pos­si­ble to find va­cant places in ho­tels on the eve of the New Year.

“As the num­ber of tourists in­creases, it is dif­fi­cult to find va­cant rooms in ho­tels, for ex­am­ple, more than 90 per­cent of ho­tel rooms have been oc­cu­pied in New Year's Eve, so there is a great need for new, es­pe­cially 4-star ho­tels in Azer­bai­jan.”

Ex­perts noted that tourists from UAE, Qatar and Kuwait tend to pre­fer ho­tels in the city cen­ter in Baku, while Iraqi cit­i­zens pre­fer cheap ho­tels out­side the city.

It should be noted that in Jan­uary-Oc­to­ber of this year, 2,276,604 for­eign cit­i­zens vis­ited Azer­bai­jan. The flow of tourists to the coun­try in­creased by 20 per­cent for this year.

Of these, 727,577 peo­ple came from Rus­sia, 439,305 from Ge­or­gia, and 320,904 from Iran.

Dur­ing the men­tioned pe­riod of time, some 81,742 cit­i­zens of the United Arab Emi­rates, 54,242 -cit­i­zens of Iraq, 49,449 tourists from Ukraine and 31,821-from Saudi Ara­bia vis­ited Azer­bai­jan.

A sharp in­crease in num­ber of tourists can­not but re­joice both the econ­omy and the in­hab­i­tants of Azer­bai­jan, also known as the Land of Fires. Ho­tels, restau­rants, recre­ation ar­eas, and shop­ping cen­ters filled up with for­eign­ers and this shows the in­ter­est of tourists in a newly cho­sen des­ti­na­tion.

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