ATAA Head: Elimination of improper tour companies' licenses positively effects development of market in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 4 / Trend A.Akhundov /
Liquidation of licenses of several tourism companies and hotels by the Culture and Tourism Ministry made a positive effect on the development of the tourism market in the country, Azerbaijani Travel Agencies Association Head Nahid Bagirov told Trend.
"The ministry is trying to clean up the tourist market from improper travel companies and hotels, which are not only non-beneficial to Azerbaijan, but also harmful for the country's image," Bagirov said.
Recently, the ATAA hold monitoring which revealed unsanitary conditions and other violations in many hotels.
"There is also a one-day tour companies, which are opened and operate a month or two, and then closed," he said.
According to him, the ministry will continue the selection process of licenses more actively.
"The ministry will continue this process with even greater pressure. The association's monitoring reveals travel companies and hotels, a list of which will be provided to the Ministry in attempt to take appropriate measures in respect to these organizations," Bagirov said.
There are more than 100 travel companies in Azerbaijan.
The association was established with Azerbaijani Tourism and Culture Ministry's assistance in 2009. Board members include heads of Improtex Travel, Caspian Travel, Pasha Travel, Silkway Travel and Euroturizm.
The association protects the interests of travel agencies, develops bills, recommendations and regulations, assists in establishing national travel companies, and develops plans to conduct trainings and seminars for market participants, creates conditions for advertising of Azerbaijani tourism at annual international exhibitions; develops domestic tourism and presents tourism products at the world market.
The association also tries to develop and introduce congressional tourism, help train specialists in the management and services spheres etc.
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