Association of Tourist Companies expects 30% growth in tourists’ inflow
Azerbaijani, Baku, Nov. 2 / Trend U.Ismayilova/
The Azerbaijani Association of Tourist Companies jointly with the Ministry of Culture and Tourism will organize info-tours for international tourist companies and journalists with the purpose to promote the Azerbaijani tourism, President of Association Nahid Bagirov said.
A delegation of France's leading tourism companies and media visited Azerbaijan last week, Bagirov said.
They toured Sheki and Lahic and were fascinated by the beauty of Azerbaijan nature
The Russian journalists will visit Azerbaijan on Nov. 3 to get familiarization with Azerbaijan's tourism potential to further to propagandize it in their country.
At present, the Association is developing similar projects, which will be implemented with almost all countries of the world, Bagirov said. In the stage, the Association will hold such info-tours with countries where Azerbaijan has direct flights to. In future the Association can propose the government to open direct flights with other countries interested in tourism potential of the country should the expected results are achieved.
"The info-tours will boost the inflow of tourists in Azerbaijan as minimum by 20-30 percent," Bagirov said.
The Azerbaijani Association of Tourism Companies was established by assistance of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture in January 2009. the managing board of the organization includes heads of Improtex Travel, Caspian Travel, Pasha Travel, Silkway Travel, and Euroturizm
The major directions of the Association is to protect interests of tourist companies, to develop bills, recommendations and provisions, to help to create national tourists companies, to develop a plan on holding training and workshops for market participants, to create necessary conditions for potential advertisement and agitation of Azerbaijani tourism in annual international exhibitions, to develop internal tourism and to introduce tourism products on world market.
The Association also targets to develop and to introduce congressional tourism, to help to train specialists in management and services spheres, to create adequate taxation and legal regulation field, to help in development of standardization, certification and licensing, effective collaboration with international tourism companies, to found an official publication, to design services in the field of juridical consultations, cooperation in protection of tourists companies' rights in the context of developing legislative basis
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