By Rashid Shirinov
Azerbaijan intends to redirect the flow of tourists from the western direction to the regions of Russia, including the Altai region.
This was noted during the talks of the Deputy Chairman of the Altai region’s government Viktor Meshcheryakov with the Chairman of the Azerbaijani State Tourism Agency Fuad Nagiyev on May 18.
In this regard, representatives of Azerbaijan intend to take part in one of the tourism exhibitions in the Altai region, as well as to establish direct links with travel companies in the region.
During the meeting, the sides discussed the development of the tourist complex in the Altai region and Azerbaijan.
Nagiyev noted that Azerbaijan is currently promoting tourism services in the regions of Russia. It was also mentioned that historical and cultural monuments and rest on the Caspian sea coast are particularly attractive for Russian tourists in Azerbaijan.
In a recent research conducted by Skyscanner, Azerbaijan entered the Top 10 most affordable tourist destinations for Russian tourists. It says that a two-week trip to Azerbaijan for two will cost the Russian travelers about $1,616, and some $426 of this figure is the cost of the flight. Experts calculated that the average daily budget for two in Azerbaijan is about $85.
Over the past year, the country received up to 2.7 million tourists, 31.6 percent of whom were guests from Russia. Taking into account the opening of more and more new flight routes between Russia and Azerbaijan, this figure will further increase in the near future.
Today Azerbaijan can accommodate about 40,000 tourists in its 575 hotels, which include a series of luxury ones – Excelsior, Hilton, Four Seasons, Fairmont, JW Marriott – as well as sufficient number of budget hotels for cost-conscious travelers. Moreover, 25 hostels and 92 apartments for tourists operate in Baku. The provided accommodation establishments are of any price range, starting from just $6-7 per night in hostels and $25 in hotels.
Rashid Shirinov is AzerNews’ staff journalist, follow him on Twitter: @RashidShirinov
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