Moldova offers to review tourism agreement with Azerbaijan (Exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, March 14
By Gulgiz Muradova - Trend:
Azerbaijan and Moldova may review the existing agreement on cooperation in tourism sector if needed, Moldovan Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration Tudor Ulianovschi said in an interview with Trend.
The minister that the first and foremost step to be made by the responsible institutions in order to advance in the tourism sector is to revisit and if needed to review the existing agreement on cooperation and ensure its implementation by concrete practical measures.
"Nevertheless, we also have to recognize that while tourist exchanges between our countries have increased during the last two years, there are a lot of new opportunities and plenty of common work needs to be done in this regard," the minister said. " According to the experts, and we agree with them on this, among other joint activities in this respect we should also include exchange of information and best practices in the tourism field between governmental and private tourist agencies, active promotion of the national cultural, historical, natural and touristic sites, organizing reciprocal visits of specialized missions for representatives of tourism agencies and mass media in two countries."
Ulianovschi stressed that for many reasons, and especially from the political, cultural and economic points of view, tourism has always been a very important sector for Azerbaijan and Moldova.
"It is our pleasure to acknowledge significant progress achieved in recent years by the Republic of Azerbaijan in its development by building excellent infrastructure, organizing plenty of major international forums and sport events in the capital and other important cities and regions of the country, as well as by finding the best solutions for better exhibiting the richest historical, natural, cultural and architectural sites of Azerbaijan to foreign visitors. The Republic of Moldova has also taken important steps in order to create all the necessary conditions and incentives for the development of tourism and for the increase of attractiveness of the country for foreign tourists. And we can assure you that Moldova has a lot to show to foreign tourists, including to those from Azerbaijan," the minister said.
The current agreement between Azerbaijan and Moldova on cooperation in the tourism sector was signed in May 2004.
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