Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan must create strong tourism industry
Baku, Azerbaijan, Jan. 30
Azerbaijan is becoming an attractive country for international tourism, President Ilham Aliyev has said.
“In particular, the steps taken in connection with visa have been a turning point in this area,” President Aliyev said as he was speaking about the work done in tourism at a conference dedicated to results of third year implementation of ‘The State Program on Socio-Economic Development of the Regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan in 2014-2018’ in Baku Jan. 30.
“Of course, Azerbaijan is an attractive country for tourism. First of all, there is a rich cultural heritage in Azerbaijan. Our historical monuments, ancient culture attract tourists. On the other hand, Azerbaijan is a modern country and the tourism infrastructure has developed very well here,” said President Aliyev.
He added that more than 300 hotels have been built in Azerbaijan since 2014 and there are the hotels of the world’s leading hotel chains in Baku.
“Our excellent cuisine, beautiful climate, patriotic and hospitable people – all this attracts tourists. There is stability and security in Azerbaijan.”
“Visa simplification has already been done,” Ilham Aliyev said. “We just have to organize the work correctly and a strong tourism industry must be created in our country. We have to use the experience of the countries that have great experience in this area,” added President Aliyev.
He also said that in order to cherish the art of carpet weaving, create jobs, and expand the export opportunities, Azerbaijan has created the Azerkhalcha Scientific and Creative Production Association, and its first factory has already been opened in the city of Fuzuli.
“I attended its opening ceremony. There should be 10 of these factories this year,” noted the president
The head of state noted that the traditional art should be protected, and a carpet weaving industry should be created.
“Azerbaijani carpets – both hand-woven and machine-woven – should be promoted throughout the world, and this must turn into a source of large income,” said President Aliyev.