Minister: Ukraine hopes to increase flow of Azerbaijani tourists to Crimea
Azerbaijan, Baku, April 3 / Trend S.Aghayeva /
Today, millions of tourists travel to the Crimea, and some 20,000 of them are Azerbaijanis, 70 per cent of whom have visited Crimea for medical tourism, Minister of Resorts and Tourism of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Alexander Liev, said at a press conference.
According to him, Ukraine received six million tourists last year.
"We have found a reliable partner in Azerbaijan, SW Travel. Based on this company, we hope to increase the flow of Azerbaijani tourists to Crimea", he said.
Crimea is ready to provide the visitors from Azerbaijan with all kinds of medical tourism, Liev says.
"We are ready to train agents from Azerbaijan in the tourism business and in particular, work in a health resort area. We also are ready to provide some discounts on airport services in the Crimea for the AZAL airline to foster mutual tourism", the minister said.
According to him, there is also a proposal to open Azerbaijan's tourism office in Crimea.
"I intend to speak about this proposal at the meeting with the Minister of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan Abulfas Garayev," Liev said.
The minister said Ukraine intends to study the experience of Azerbaijan in holding the Eurovision Song Contest, as this year the country looks forward to the success of its representative Zlata Ognevich, who arrived in Baku with a delegation from Crimea.
According to the Ukrainian ambassador to Azerbaijan Alexander Mishchenko, tourism is one of the priority areas of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
According to Ambassador of Ukraine, it is planned to organise Days of Culture of Ukraine in Azerbaijan in June, timed to coincide with the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, the OSCE Chairman Leonid Kozhara in Baku.
The fourth meeting of the Council of Presidents of Azerbaijan and Ukraine will also be held this year, the diplomat added.
The Minister of Resorts and Tourism of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (Ukraine) Alexander Liev is on a visit to Azerbaijan on April 2-5.
During the visit, the Minister will attend the opening of the Tourism and Travel international exhibition (AITF-2013) to be held in Baku on April 4-6, where Ukrainian companies will present their own stand and hold meetings.
The Ukrainian delegation accompanying the minister includes the representative of Ukraine at the Eurovision-2013 Song Contest, singer Zlata Ognevich.
The AITF-2013 exhibition will be attended by companies from 35 countries working in various tourist destinations.