Tourist in­flow sees 6pct growth

Azer News - - Front Page - By Ab­dul Ker­imkhanov

Azer­bai­jan is an in­ex­press­ibly pic­turesque coun­try with its own unique "high­light". Coun­try is called “Land of Fire,” since its ter­ri­tory is rich in oil and gas de­posits, which are close to the sur­face and erupt from the earth with torches of fire.

Nat­u­ral panora­mas of this coun­try amaze with imag­i­na­tion and abound in con­trast­ing views: here you can watch all 4 sea­sons at the same time! Lux­u­ri­ous ar­chi­tec­tural forms, ris­ing up sky­scrapers, the orig­i­nal mod­ern ur­ban style in the western style, ad­ja­cent to the old build­ings, an­cient palaces and fortresses.

The flow of tourists to Azer­bai­jan in Jan­uary-Novem­ber 2018, showed an in­crease of 6 per­cent in gen­eral, the first places among the coun­tries ac­cord­ing to num­ber of trav­el­ers are oc­cu­pied by Rus­sia and Ge­or­gia.

The growth in the num­ber of tourists in the coun­try amounted to 6 per­cent, and the to­tal num­ber of vis­i­tors to Azer­bai­jan was al­most 2.63 mil­lion peo­ple, Sput­nik re­ports with ref­er­ence to Azer­bai­jan State Agency for Tourism.

The lead­ers in the num­ber of vis­i­tors are still Rus­sia and Ge­or­gia. Tourists from these two coun­tries ac­counted for more than 50 per­cent of the to­tal num­ber of hol­i­day­mak­ers in Azer­bai­jan, the State Agency re­ports.

The num­ber of Rus­sian cit­i­zens vis­it­ing Azer­bai­jan ex­ceeded 817,000 peo­ple with a growth of 4 per­cent, while Ge­or­gians amounted to more than 550,000, an in­crease of 13 per­cent.

A sig­nif­i­cant in­crease in tourist flow is ob­served from the coun­tries of the Mid­dle East and Asia: the num­ber of vis­i­tors from these re­gions in­creased by 39 per­cent and 56 per­cent, re­spec­tively, com­pared to last year. This amounts to 346,000 and 297,000 peo­ple, said the agency.

From the Mid­dle East re­gion, the largest num­ber of tourists ar­rived in the repub­lic from the United Arab Emi­rates - 81,000, Saudi Ara­bia 70,000 and Iraq - 64,000.

Pak­istan is in the lead among the coun­tries of the Asian re­gion, from which 37,000 peo­ple came to Azer­bai­jan for hol­i­days, while ap­prox­i­mately 35,000 came from Kaza­khstan, and 25,000 from Turk­menistan.

Dur­ing the past pe­riod of this year, there has been a de­crease in the flow of tourists from Iran: in Jan­uary-Novem­ber, the num­ber of Ira­nian tourists was 226,900 peo­ple, which is lower than last year’s fig­ure of 340,700 peo­ple - 33 per­cent less.

Azer­bai­jan is lo­cated in the south-east of Tran­scau­ca­sia. It bor­ders with Rus­sia, Ge­or­gia, Iran, Ar­me­nia and Turkey. In the east, the ter­ri­tory of Azer­bai­jan is washed by the wa­ters of the Caspian Sea. Al­most half of the ter­ri­tory of Azer­bai­jan has a moun­tain­ous relief. In the north - the Cau­ca­sus range, in the mid­dle part - the Kura-Araz low­land, in the south-east - the Talysh moun­tains and the Lankaran low­land. The high­est point of the coun­try is Mount Bazarduzu (4466 m). On the lat­i­tudes sim­i­lar to Azer­bai­jan are Spain, Greece, Turkey and Korea.

The ter­ri­tory of Azer­bai­jan is in­ter­est­ing be­cause it com­bines nine cli­matic zones out of 11 ex­ist­ing in the world, from sub­trop­ics to high-alpine mead­ows.

In re­cent years, the de­vel­op­ment of the tourism in­dus­try has re­ceived the clos­est at­ten­tion of the lead­er­ship of Azer­bai­jan. In the cities of coun­try, in re­sort ar­eas, in the moun­tains and on the Caspian coast, dozens of in­ter­na­tional-class ho­tels were built, world­wide net­works opened their ho­tels, wa­ter parks and ex­ten­sive recre­ation ar­eas were cre­ated.

Six in­ter­na­tional air­ports, equipped to the most mod­ern stan­dards, are lo­cated on the ter­ri­tory of the coun­try, new bus routes have been laid, a large sea­port is be­ing built in the suburbs of Baku.

Every year, new con­cert halls, sports cen­ters, shops, restau­rants and cafes open, parks and squares are bro­ken, high­ways and high­ways are laid. A great deal of work is be­ing done to pre­serve and re­store the his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural mon­u­ments. The visit to the Land of Fire will cer­tainly bring you bright im­pres­sions, won­der­ful rest and many new friends.

Tour to Azer­bai­jan is an op­por­tu­nity to see the beau­ti­ful na­ture, to touch the his­tory of mankind, to get ac­quainted with the an­cient cul­ture and mod­ern achieve­ments of this coun­try.

Visit Azer­bai­jan - dis­cover the Land of Fire!

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