Azerbaijan is a world leader in terms of the growth rate of tourist flow into the country. The flow of tourists in the world and Europe increased by five per cent in the first half of 2013, but in Azerbaijan the growth rate hit 10 per cent.
The tourists from Azerbaijan’s neighbouring countries mainly visit Azerbaijan. It should be stressed that Georgia and Russia form more than 68 per cent of the tourist flow to Azerbaijan.
At the same time, tourists from the EU countries (22.9 per cent) and Africa (37.5 per cent) show great interest in Azerbaijan. The reason was the country's integration into the global tourism market and the development of international cooperation in the field of tourism which creates opportunities for expanding an intercultural dialogue and new opportunities for cooperation.