By Sara Israfilbayova
Tourism in Azerbaijan is developing rapidly, and to support the flow of foreign visitors, comprehensive activities are carried out. Thanks to the activities, the number of tourists in Azerbaijan increased by 20 percent last year, while in the world this indicator equaled to 7 percent.
Early the Ministry said that most of all, Azerbaijan was visited by tourists from Russia-853,082 people (31.6 percent of the foreign tourists). The second and third lines are taken by citizens of Georgia-537,000 people (19.9 percent) and Iran-362,000 people (13.4 percent).
Minister of Youth and Sports Azad Rahimov, in turn, noted that after Azerbaijan gained independence, a number of large-scale events were held in the country, including the European Games, the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix Formula 1, the World Chess Olympiad.
“This includes the Olympic Stadium in Baku, the National Gymnastics Arena, etc. We also should not forget the human factor. The group of volunteers contributed to the major competitions. Azerbaijan opened the doors for thousands of tourists. They come to Azerbaijan not only for competitions, but also to celebrate a number of holidays here. For us, agitation through sport is very important,” the minister concluded.
Azerbaijan is a state with rich sports traditions. In recent years many sports complexes that meet the highest level are being built and handed over to athletes were opened in the regions of the country.
The country’s achievements in the field of sports, the successes won by athletes in significant international competitions, became possible in close cooperation of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the National Olympic Committee, sports federations, sports clubs and sports societies.
Baku to be promoted to the world through Formula 1
“While other major contests are held once in four years, Formula 1 is arranged every year. This sport has a great potential. We will try to make this year’s race more exciting and higher quality. We have a unique race. We would like to turn each race into a one-week festivity, a tradition. We would like to feel the full spirit of race in such cities as Montreal, Milan and Baku,” the CEO emphasized.
Carey went on to say that they work to promote Baku in the world, adding that thousands of people watch this race live and millions of fans watch it through mass media.
“We seek to this exciting experience with a bigger audience. The races held in Baku were broadcasted in various countries. This is important to convey the peculiarity of each Grand Prix. We must also inform people about the history of the race. We expand geographically. We would like to bring this sport to different parts of the world. We plan to create a big platform to promote Baku in the world. It is necessary to expand our broadcasts and to reach more people. Through this platform the whole world can learn about Baku and visit here. The influence of the city is growing. We must be proud of organizing the event,” he explained.
More passengers transported through the Heydar Aliyev International Airport
“The constant work is being carried out to improve flight safety and the level of service,” Hajiyev said, adding that currently, seven airports operate in Azerbaijan, six of which have international status.
“The number of passengers transported through the Heydar Aliyev International Airport is increasing every year. In 2017, the airport served more than 4 million passengers, which is 20 percent more than in 2016,” Hajiyev said. “If the passenger flow continues to grow in the near future, there will be no need for additional investments.”
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