Travel & Tourism
More countries view tourism as a crucial factor in socio-economic progress due to the increasingly growing export revenues, the creation of new jobs, businesses and infrastructure. Azerbaijan has come out on top in terms of the amount of income earned from tourism, compared to its neighbors in the region, Armenia and Georgia. Azerbaijan aims to develop tourism sphere by all possible means. Sustainable development of the non-oil sector, in particular the tourism sector, is crucial at a time when it is impossible to fully rely on oil and gas industry. Azerbaijan ranks 7th among European countries for the development of tourism, Report informs citing the World Tourism Organization (WTO).
The Azerbaijan Tourism Board is aiming to make tourism the second-largest contributor to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), which stood at $34.5 billion from January-September of this year and is expected to grow by 2.4 percent in 2020.
In recent years, the creation of a diversified tourism infrastructure in Azerbaijan has increased the interest of foreign tourists to the country. There are many opportunities for tourism in our country, including rural, health, environmental, cultural, social, commercial, sport and etc. Simplification of visa regime also plays a major role in the development of tourism in Azerbaijan. Currently, citizens of a number of countries get visas right at the Azerbaijani airports, while other tourists can visit the country by getting online tourist visas.