Tourist in­flow to dou­ble by 2023

Azer News - - Country Guide - By Ab­dul Ker­imkhanov

THe de­clared that one of the main tasks is to turn Azer­bai­jan into one of the at­trac­tive and suc­cess­ful tourist spa­ces.

Sengstschmid noted that the tourism strat­egy, cov­er­ing the pe­riod up to 2023, is car­ried out in nine ar­eas.

“This is the ac­cu­mu­la­tion of ex­pe­ri­ence, ed­u­ca­tion in tourism, in­no­va­tion and tech­nol­ogy, brand­ing, mar­ket­ing and other ar­eas,” he said.

The ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor added that for the devel­op­ment of tourism in the coun­try, in par­tic­u­lar, the ho­tel in­dus­try, the most im­por­tant area is the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the state and busi­ness.

If the state co­op­er­ates with travel agen­cies, this sphere will de­velop faster, he added.

A new na­tional star rat­ing sys­tem will be ap­plied for ho­tels in Azer­bai­jan in Septem­ber-De­cem­ber 2019, and in De­cem­ber ho­tels will be as­signed stars, said Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of the newly-es­tab­lished As­so­ci­a­tion of Ho­tels Gu­nay Saglam, speak­ing at the event.

She de­clared that for trans­parency in the sys­tem of na­tional clas­si­fi­ca­tion of ho­tels au­dit com­mis­sions will be brought in from out­side.

“At the next As­sem­bly, we will tell you how and in what form the clas­si­fi­ca­tion will be con­ducted. To en­sure the neu­tral­ity and ob­jec­tiv­ity of the sys­tem, all in­spec­tions will be car­ried out by two ex­pe­ri­enced ho­tel pro­fes­sion­als who have been trained and ap­proved by the Azer­bai­jan Ho­tel As­so­ci­a­tion,” said Saglam.

Not­ing that al­ready 36 ho­tels are mem­bers of the Azer­bai­jan Ho­tel As­so­ci­a­tion, Saglam added that in 2019 the As­so­ci­a­tion will not have to pay mem­ber­ship fees, and from 2020, mem­ber­ship fees will be es­tab­lished in ac­cor­dance with var­i­ous cat­e­gories.

As she said, a com­mis­sion on the ho­tel clas­si­fi­ca­tion sys­tem will be cre­ated in May 2019, and train­ing on star clas­si­fi­ca­tion will be or­ga­nized for ho­tels in June-Au­gust.

“The new sys­tem will not be ap­plied im­me­di­ately; first, train­ings will be held. There are 500-600 ho­tels in Azer­bai­jan. All of them will be in­formed about this, so we will gather all rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the ho­tel in­dus­try from Baku and the re­gions,” she con­cluded.

Four Sea­sons Ho­tel hosted the First Gen­eral As­sem­bly of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Ho­tels of Azer­bai­jan on De­cem­ber 4.

The main goal of the First Gen­eral As­sem­bly is to unite the ho­tel in­dus­try spe­cial­ists and in­form the as­sem­bly par­tic­i­pants about the struc­ture, char­ter, fu­ture ac­tiv­i­ties, goals of the newly es­tab­lished As­so­ci­a­tion of Azer­bai­jan Ho­tels.

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