A nation is known, recognized and distinguished among the world nations by certain characteristic features. The highest and the greatest of these features is culture.

HEYDAR ALIYEV
18.10.2017 17:43
Baku hosts Caspian Energy Tourism ForumKey issues and problems of the tourism sector have today been discussed in Baku at the special session of the Caspian Energy Tourism Forum, organized by the Caspian European Club and Caspian American Club and attended by Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan Nazim Samadov. Addressing the business forum, Nazim Samadov told the attendees about the measures currently implemented to boost a further development of the tourism sector of the country, spoke about plans and prospects. Nazim Samadov thanked the management team of the Club for providing the platform for an effective dialogue between the state and entrepreneurs. He stressed the ministry is always open for discussions with entrepreneurs and public organizations representing them. Nazim Samadov noted that the post-oil era in Azerbaijan has been experiencing revival in many sectors of the non-oil sector in recent years, including tourism. “Of course, it is the result of the government’s target-oriented that has been carried out for many years to develop the non-oil sector,” he said. Speaking about statistic data, Nazim Samadov informed that the inflow of tourists into the country was fixed over the last two years. According to him, the number of foreign tourists who visited Azerbaijan in 2015 increased by 11.7% in 2016 and reached 2,248,800 people. “Compared to the same period of the last year, the number of foreign citizens, who arrived in Azerbaijan within the first 9 months of 2017, increased by 20.9% - up to 2,071,918 people. The highest increase was in the number of tourists from Russia, Iran, UAE and Iraq,” the Deputy Minister noted. Nazim Samadov also stressed the importance of conduction of Baku Shopping Festival, noting that the overall budget spent on the conduction of the festival did not exceed 1mln AZN, while the sum allocated by the state budget totaled 5.6mln AZN. At the end of the event Nazim Samadov spoke about the plan to create a national tourism quality system in order to raise the satisfaction level of tourists. This is system will be based on the Strategic “Road Map” for the development of the specialized tourism industry in the Republic of Azerbaijan. “In this regard, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism continues working over the national tourism quality system,” he said. The meeting attendees specified the areas for expanding cooperation with the private sector and discussed issues of interest to the member companies of the Caspian European Club and Caspian American Club. First Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Caspian European Club and Caspian American Club Telman Aliyev thanked the Ministry of Tourism for the constructive dialogue, as well as for the prompt reaction and active participation in addressing the problems of businessmen and member companies of the Caspian European Club and Caspian American Club. Telman Aliyev recalled that the Club was established in June 2002 with the support of the largest oil and gas companies operating in the Caspian-Black Sea region. His Excellency, President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev is the Chairman of the Caspian European Club and Caspian American Club. Telman Aliyev noted that the initiative of creation of the Caspian American Club also belongs to the Head of State of Azerbaijan. “Caspian European Club is actively engaged in economic reforms introduced in Azerbaijan, in attraction of foreign investments, development of small and medium business. Besides, the Club plays an important role in establishment of international economic relations between the countries of the Caspian-Black Sea and Baltic regions,” Telman Aliyev said. He also added that by the end of the year Caspian European Club will hold a number of similar activities also in other sectors of economy. Telman Aliyev noted that Caspian Energy Georgia has been representing the interests of the Caspian European Club, Caspian American Club and Caspian Energy International Media Group in Georgia since September. “Due to the resuming of the work of Caspian Energy Georgia, the 5th International Caspian Energy Forum will be held in March 2018 with the support of the government of Georgia, Azerbaijan Republic, and the Caspian European Club. Georgia’s Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili is expected to participate in the opening of the Forum,” Telman Aliyev concluded. During the business forum, Nazim Samedov was awarded the Honorary Membership Certificate of the Caspian European Club and Caspian American Club. About 200 businessmen from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Turkey, Iran, EU as well as representatives of international organizations and heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Azerbaijan took part in the Caspian Energy Tourism Forum. The 7th CEO Lunch Baku took place in the second half of the day. Telman Aliyev noted that Caspian European Club and Caspian American Club hold CEO Lunch with the participation of top-managers of CEIBC companies every third Wednesday of the month in Baku. Telman Aliyev announced that the next CEO Lunch Baku would take place on November 15, 2017 within the framework of the Caspian Energy Finance Forum. Besides, he also reminded that the second CEO Lunch in Tbilisi will take place on October 27 of this year and will be held every last Friday of the month. Problems facing entrepreneurs were discussed in an informal environment. Issues concerning business doing in different regions of the country, as well as proposals on expansion of cooperation in different sectors of economy were touched. Also, in the second half of the same day the representative of Barattson School of Business & Finance, Orkhan Isayev held the workshop entitled “Changes in the Tax Code” for the member companies of the Club. Certificates were given to companies which joined and extended their membership in the Caspian European Club and Caspian American Club. Caspian Energy, Caspian Energy Forum, Caspian Energy Award, Caspian Energy Club, Caspian European Club, Caspian Business Club, Caspian American Club, Caspian American Forum, CEO, CEO Lunch, Brand Award, and many others are the registered trademarks and belong to the Caspian Energy International Media Group. ..
11.10.2017 10:10
В Москве показали туристические возможности АзербайджанаВ рамках проекта «Роад-шоу» россиянам будут представлены туристические возможности Азербайджана. В крупнейших городах России пройдут бизнес-презентации проекта «Роад-шоу», рассказывающего о туристическом потенциале Азербайджана. Накануне компания «Tour a Vent», выполняющая функции представительства Министерства культуры и туризма Азербайджана в России, провела презентацию пилотного проекта в посольстве Азербайджана в Москве. Компания ставит целью раскрыть возможности разнообразного туристического отдыха для россиян и призывает к сотрудничеству туристические операторы России. Руководитель «Tour a Vent» Игорь Шаулов отметил, что компания планирует рекламировать отдых в Азербайджане в первую очередь в регионах России, где информация о стране весьма скудная. После Москвы презентации проекта пройдут в Санкт-Петербурге и Казани. В памках проекта с презентациями выступят туристический центр «Шахдаг», отели «Qafqaz», «Absheron», «Fairmont, «Rixos», «Naftalan Qashalti» и другие. ..
03.10.2017 18:54
Azerbaijan among top 5 list of health improvement vacation countries of “National Geographic Traveler” awardsThe TourStat Analytic Agency published the results of the Internet voting of National Geographic Traveler Awards 2017. Azerbaijan is selected as one of 5 countries in category of “Wellness Holiday“. Israel is the leader in this category. The first top 5 includes Germany, Slovenia and Switzerland. According to the Agency, “Chenot Palace hotel in Gabala (district of Azerbaijan) is in Top 5 in the nomination “Best Resort Hotel,“ the Agency said. Some countries are leading in the following categories Greece - beach holiday, Cyprus – family vacation, Italy – excursion tour, Austria – ski tour, Argentina - adventure tour, Japan – exotic tourism, Georgia - gastronomy and agro tourism, and China - “discovery of the year“. Altai Krai is ahead of other regions of Russia on wellness holiday. Kamchatka is the leader for adventure recreation, Khakassia for eco-tour, and Leningrad oblast for excursion tour. The Internet voting of National Geographic Traveler Awards 2017 takes place from 22 May to 15 October at website: Nat-Geo.Ru ..
28.09.2017 16:27
Baku gets ready for 2nd Shopping FestivalNo matter if you're in Azerbaijan for a couple of days or for a few months, you owe it to yourself to visit the colorful Shopping Festival. The first-ever Baku Shopping Festival held this spring offered its participants a whole lot of options: shopping, entertainment, food and street performances.  Many city malls offered special discounts, Tax Free, and temporary pop-up shops presented a broad range of Azerbaijani and foreign brands. Now, Baku gets ready for the second Shopping Festival, a 30-day shopping extravaganza that will offer customers discounts, entertainment and street performances. Culture and Tourism Minister Abulfas Garayev said that the autumn festival is scheduled for October 15-November 15 The shopping centers of the capital city will provide customers with discounts during this period, the minister said adding that 700,000 manats were spent on the organization of the first Shopping Festival.   The first Festival was held between April 10 and May 10, when numerous shopping centers of the city offered special discounts to the guests, trade points of Azerbaijan and a number of foreign countries were represented on the large scale in points of temporary trade. During the festival, lotteries were organized and bonus cards were issued. Citizens of Azerbaijan and foreign tourists could use the Tax Free system when buying goods worth 100 manats ($58.8) or more. Besides discounted shopping, there were other activities for travelers like music concerts, fashion shows, children’s events and lots more to double the fun.   As many as 205 stores joined the first Baku Shopping Festival, and 172 of them took part in the VAT refund program. Some 1.8 million manats ($1.06 million) of VAT were refunded to customers at the Baku Shopping Festival. As many as 205 stores joined the first Baku Shopping Festival, and 172 of them took part in the VAT refund program. The festival brought revenues worth 5.6 million manats ($3.3 million) to the state budget. During the festival period about 260,000 tourists visited Azerbaijan. Overall, the number of tourists visiting Azerbaijan increased by 23.1 percent in eight months of 2017 as compared to the same period of 2016. In January-August 2017, 1.818 million people visited Azerbaijan. The number of foreigners visiting Azerbaijan rose by 11.7 percent in 2016 as compared to 2015. During this period more than 860,000 people were accommodated in hotels. Today, Azerbaijan can accommodate about 40,000 tourists in its 575 hotels, which include a series of luxury hotels – Excelsior, Hilton, Four Seasons, Fairmont, JW Marriott – as well as several budget hotels for cost-conscious travelers. Moreover, 25 hostels and 92 apartments for tourists operate in Baku. ..
28.09.2017 16:26
Abulfaz Garayev: Revenues from the second Baku Shopping Festival will exceed AZN 6 millionThe second Baku Shopping Festival will be held from October 15 to November 15. Azerbaijan’s Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfaz Garayev stated that AZN 700,000 was invested in the organization of the first festival and it gave AZN 5.6 mln in income. “Although usually commercial festivals are held during the period of discounts, we have already negotiated with shopping centers and they agreed to apply discount promotions during the next Baku Shopping Festival,“ the minister said. According to him, the assortment of sold goods will be expanded, the process of reimbursing the tax on value added (Tax Free) will be further simplified during the next festival. “Such measures are being taken to eliminate the seasonality of tourism in Azerbaijan. By results of the first shopping festival, the revenues exceeded AZN 5.6 mln, while the revenues from the second festival are expected to be even higher owing to measures taken,“ Garayev said. ..
28.09.2017 16:25
Azerbaijan expects tourist inflow from Southeastern Asia to increaseAzerbaijan expects the tourist inflow from Southeastern Asia to increase, said the country’s Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfas Garayev. He made the remarks at a briefing dedicated to the World Tourism Day in Baku Sept. 27. The minister noted that China’s tourism companies are interested in Azerbaijan. The number of tourists visiting Azerbaijan increased by 23.1 percent in eight months of 2017 as compared to the same period of 2016, added Garayev. ..
28.09.2017 16:21
Minister of Culture and Tourism comments on reactions to behavior of tourists in Azerbaijan“There are different reactions to flow of tourists. They say that they cannot behave normally. However, the people should see Azerbaijan. In order to see good behavior from them, our people should show them our culture”, said the Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfas Garayev. ..
28.09.2017 16:19
Minister reveals dates of 2nd Baku Shopping FestivalThe 2nd Baku Shopping Festival will be held on Oct. 15-Nov. 15, Abulfas Garayev, Azerbaijan’s minister of culture and tourism, said at a briefing in Baku, dedicated to World Tourism Day. The minister said that discounts will be made at shopping centers during the 2nd Baku Shopping Festival. He added that 700,000 manats ($411,892 as of Sept. 27) were spent to hold the 1st Baku Shopping Festival. The Baku Shopping Festival started April 10 and lasted until May 10. The festival was held with organizational support of the Azerbaijan Convention Bureau of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. ..
28.09.2017 16:07
Abulfas Garayev: We could not bring the beaches to the Blue Flag level this yearThe Minister of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan assessed the implementation of the Action Plan for the development of beach tourism in 2017-2020. Minister of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan Abulfas Garayev stated that it was not possible to bring the country’s beaches to the Blue Flag level this season. “The work is ongoing and will continue in the next beach season, but it should be noted that the number of accidents on the beaches of the country has decreased,“ the minister said. The Blue Flag is an international award conferred annually on beaches and wharfs since 1987, for the high quality of water and suitability for sun bathing. ..