Azerbaijan: Convention & Culture Partner of ITB Berlin 2013
“In addition to the oil industry, which is already a major economic factor, we are also focusing our attention on developing tourism,” said Abulfas Garayev, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Culture and Tourism, with reference to his country’s high level of involvement in ITB Berlin, “For us, this partnership with ITB Berlin is a very important instrument for effectively promoting the tourism potential of Azerbaijan. This year, the Eurovision Song Contest in Baku attracted enormous media attention, presenting our country’s modern image around the world. By acting as the convention and cultural partner of the world’s largest travel trade show, we aim to strengthen this image even further.” Azerbaijan declared 2011 as the Year of Tourism, and the advances being made with the country’s tourism infrastructure are already evident. New hotels have been constructed and special laws have been proposed to encourage the development of tourism. This year is expected to see the completion of one of the largest tourism projects, the construction of the Shahdag ski region.
PHOTO: Nazim Samadov, Azerbaijan’s Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, and Dr. Christian Göke, COO Messe Berlin, signing the ITB Berlin Convention partnership agreement with Azerbaijan for 2013.
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