By Sara Israfilbayova
Azerbaijan entered the top five countries in terms of the number of trips to Russia. TurStat Agency analyzed the statistics of incoming tourism to Russia for January-March 2018.
According to statistics, the number of tourist trips from Azerbaijan to Russia amounted to 193,000, 7 percent more than in the first three months of last year.
The total number of entry tourist trips of foreign citizens to Russia for three months of this year amounted to 4.3 million, and for the past year - more than 24 million.
The most popular countries of inbound tourism are 2018 (according to the number of inbound tourist trips for three months 2018) are Ukraine-1.5 million (-1 percent), Kazakhstan-656,000, China-216,000 (+ 18 percent), Finland-204,000 (-13 percent), Azerbaijan-193,000 (+ 7 percent).
Earlier, Turstat reported that the beaches of Baku are included in the rating of the best resorts of the CIS, popular among Russian tourists for summer.
Azerbaijan is one of the main economic partners of Russia among the CIS countries. Interregional cooperation plays an important role in the development of Russian-Azerbaijani trade and economic relations and the increase in trade turnover.
Azerbaijan’s first trade representative was appointed to Russia.
Trade representative’s main mission is to take measures to expand Azerbaijan's economic and trade relations with Russia, protect economic interests of Azerbaijan, increase export of Azerbaijani goods and services, promote Azerbaijan’s business environment and investment opportunities.
Azerbaijan seeks to open Trade House in Russia’s Arkhangelsk region as well.
Azerbaijan’s trade turnover with Russia amounted to $2.14 billion in 2017, about $1.5 billion of which accounted for the import of Russian products to Azerbaijan, according to the State Customs Committee of Azerbaijan.
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