Development of nautical tourism in Caspian Sea - priority for Russia, Azerbaijan (Exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 29
By Matanat Nasibova - Trend:
The new project envisaging the development of nautical tourism in the framework of the signing of the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea between the Caspian littoral states, requires very serious elaboration, the Deputy Chairman of the Lower House of Russian Parliament, the Head of the United Russia faction Sergei Neverov told Trend, commenting on the prospects for the development of nautical tourism between Azerbaijan and Russia.
The deputy chairman of the lower house noted that the travel destination between Russia and Azerbaijan is actively developing, and this is confirmed by statistical data on the flow of tourists between the two countries.
"Until the end of this year, the number of Russian tourists visiting Azerbaijan may approach one million, while the number of Azerbaijani tourists visiting Russia has almost reached 800,000. In my opinion, this is a serious increase, as well as an indicator of the active interaction between Russia and Azerbaijan in this priority area. On the other hand, the growing interest of our countries to each other is a natural fact, we speak the same language, we are connected by common history, and accordingly our countries must actively cooperate. The Russian people are happy to travel to wonderful Azerbaijan, both to its ski resorts and summer recreation areas. Therefore, our task at the present moment is to develop the nautical tourism industry so that citizens of our countries can recreate more efficiently on the Caspian Sea," Neverov continued.
The Russian MP noted that when the document was signed between the parliaments of Russia and Azerbaijan, a high-level Commission was created, within which a more detailed discussion of the issues on the regional agenda was envisaged.
"I think it is necessary to move from words to deeds, to implement the outlined projects that can really make a serious contribution to the economies of our countries," the statesman said, noting that the practical dialogue has been established between the parliaments of the two countries.
The Russian MP noted that the creation of a high-level inter-parliamentary commission between the Lower House of Russian Parliament and the Azerbaijani Parliament lays a solid foundation for expanding inter-regional cooperation for the long term.
On August 12, at the V summit of the heads of state of the Caspian littoral countries in Aktau, the heads of the five Caspian states signed the Convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea - a historical document for the region, which has been worked on for two decades, since 1996.