Tourism sector discussed in Baku [PHOTO]

21 February 2017 15:34 (UTC+04:00)

By Laman Ismayilova

Azerbaijan Hotels and Restaurants Association, DAIR, held a meeting of experts of the Ministry of Taxes and representatives of the hospitality and local tourism sector.

Held in JW Marriott Absheron Hotel, the meeting discussed such important issues as innovations in the tax system and its implementation, as well as issues relating to tax policy in tourism sector.

Azerbaijan` s Taxes Ministry was represented by Nijat Imanov, the head of department on tax policy and strategic research  and Namig Dargahov, the head of department on strategic studies.

The ministry's experts shared the details of changes in the tax code, including the calculation of VAT, introduction of e- invoices, the ban on cash transactions, etc.

The meeting also discussed the issues related to the development the tourism and hospitality industry, including creation of 2-3 star hotels, regulation of tax burden and etc.

Chairman of the DAIR Board, Samir Dubendi noted that in order to increase the number of 2-3 star hotels it is necessary to motivate entrepreneurs by means of tax relief that will attract the segment of small and medium-sized businesses.

Due to lack of room stock in the economy segment, the sector of individual services increased, providing tourists with private apartments and houses.

“Some of them offer services like a private apartment, others function as hostels, and this leads to unfair competition with hotels. The use of apartments or private homes for tourism purposes is quite normal and accepted. However, such property must meet certain standards and the owner must be registered as a taxpayer. In this case we will achieve a fair tax burden and compliance with standards. We need to be more attentive to the functioning and protection of the business interests of hotels. Necessary steps will be taken in this direction,” he said.

The meeting also presented 11 companies and individuals that recently entered DAIR. Among them are the Hyatt Regency Baku, JW Marriott Absheron Baku Hotel, Baku Airport Hotel Sheraton, Bosfor Hotel, New Baku Hotel, City Mansion Hotel, as well as service and distribution companies Ayıg Surucu, Rama Service, individual members of the Association are teacher at the Azerbaijani University of Tourism and management Flora Karimova and the service manager of  AF Hotel Ibrahim Gafarov.

Media partners of the event are Trend.az, Day.az, Milli.az, Azernews.az

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