Annual inflow of foreigners to Azerbaijan to jump 1.5 times
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 4 / Trend U.Ismayilova /
Azerbaijan will see 3 million foreigners visiting the country annually over the next five years, Azerbaijani Tourism Institute Rector Jafar Jafarov said at the Azerbaijan Investors Summit-2011 in Baku .
"Azerbaijan was visited by 2 million foreigners in 2010, and 1.5 million were tourists," he said.
Jafarov added that a main reason for the influx is the regular holding of major international events in the country.
"Baku has become a regional center for international events," Jafarov said.
He said important factors affecting the inflow of tourists are hotel construction, as well as the growing number of tourism companies.
The number of tourist objects in the country has recently increased from 96 to 477. The number of active travel companies now stands at 209.
"The tourism industry in Azerbijan has great potential for development thanks to the country's favorable geographical location and other factors," Jafarov said.
An important factor for tourism development in Azerbaijan, he said, is also the improvement and development of infrastructure, and the creation of modern sports complexes, museums, theaters and other entertainment venues, both in Baku and the country's regions.
The summit on March 2-3 is attended by about 130 Azerbaijani companies and 50 foreign investors.
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