A meeting of the World Tourism Forum Lucerne Think Tank (WTFL Think Tank ) was held in Baku last week.
An exclusive group of handpicked personalities from the international travel, tourism and hospitality industry came together in the Azerbaijani capital to discuss "the drivers of success for emerging destinations".
Among those in attendance at the event were Secretary-General of the UN WTO Taleb Rifai and President of the World Tourism Forum Lucerne Reto Wittwer.
The meeting will feature discussions on an array of issues including global tendencies that will affect the tourism sector over the next decade, the essence of human resources for tourism development, the impact of new technologies on business models and marketing.
In his remarks, Azerbaijani Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfas Qarayev highlighted the government`s measures to develop the tourism industry.
During the Baku visit, Taleb Rifai was also received by President Aliyev.
Refai recalled his previous visits and meetings with President Ilham Aliyev. He hailed the fact that a range of issues discussed during the meetings, including work on visa issuance and execution of low-cost flights, are being successfully implemented under the leadership of President Aliyev.
The head of state recalled with pleasure his meetings with the UNWTO Secretary General, thanked him for supporting the development of tourism in Azerbaijan, and stressed the importance of his recommendations in this regard.
President Aliyev said tourism was always one of the priorities in Azerbaijan, adding the country`s fruitful geographical location and its beautiful nature created good opportunities for developing tourism industry.
The head of state stressed the significance of tourism in ensuring the financial flow to the country and creating new jobs amid the global economic crisis, adding that reforms in the field of tourism were continued in the country. The head of state expressed his hope that as a result of work done the number of tourists visiting Azerbaijan would increase.
They exchanged views on the issues related to the expansion of tourism services, coordination of tourism with other fields of economy, and improvement of tourism infrastructure in Azerbaijan.
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