Have you been to Azerbaijan yet?
Tourism from India to Azerbaijan increased by 80% in 2019 compared to the same period last year and the recently held three-city roadshow in India is the tourism board ās attempt to increase it even further
Azerbaijan Tourism Board (ATB), the national body that supports Azerbaijanās growing tourism industry, held a three-city roadshow in Indiafrom 9-13 September and visited Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. The event boughttogether key travel industry leaders in the region to build valuable connections between the countries.
H.E. Ashraf Shikhaliyev, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to India, Officials from the Azerbaijan Tourism Board, led by CEO, Florian Sengstschmidand Nazim Samadov, Deputy Director Executive of Azerbaijan Airlines / Buta Airways Director attended the roadshow. The unique platform gave Indian trade partners and travel agents an opportunity to learn about the diverse experiences that Azerbaijan has to offer.Similar setups took place in Mumbai and Bangalore, with delegates interacting with over 900 Indian retail partners including tour operators, travel agents, cruise specialists, wedding planners and MICE representatives.
With a direct flight from Delhi and a simplified electronic visa procedure for Indian passport holders, tourism from India to Azerbaijan increased by 80% in 2019. The new initiatives are expected to improve Azerbaijanās ranking among countries with a high tourism contribution towards national GDP, according to the World Travel and Tourism Council 2018 Impact Report. It is forecast to be at 6% per annum over the course of the next 10 years ranking it amongst the worldās top 20 high potential countries.
This follows the launch of ATBās marketing campaign āTake another lookā which encourages travellers to discover Azerbaijanās hidden gems and aims to double current in-bound tourism by 2023.
Situated at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Azerbaijan has nine of the worldās eleven climate zones, offering travellers an affordable European experience all year round. From Bakuās modern Flame Towers to the depths of its UNESCO-listed Old City, there is something for everyone in Azerbaijan. Whether travelling as a group or as a solo traveller, its life and energy are infectious. With bazaars and jazz clubs, itās also an ideal destination for family holidays, honeymoon travel and destination weddings.
āAzerbaijan is the ideal destination for numerous reasons. With excellent connectivity and a wide variety of experiences, Baku is an affluent city with modern infrastructure. It is still a relatively unexplored destination, which is a key selling point for Indian tourists who want a unique experience,ā says H.E. Mr. Ashraf Shikhaliyev, Ambassador of the Republic of Azerbaijan to India.Adding another reason, Florian Sengstschmid, CEO of the Azerbaijan Tourism Board says, āThe Azerbaijani people are excited to share their culture, cuisine and country with visitors from India. We encourage everyone to indulge their palate with unique flavours and expect a plethora of gourmet vegetarian options that will delight food connoisseurs.ā