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Baku is visited by more than 2.5 million tourists yearly. and Azerbaijan’s capital city had the world’s attention with hosting the Eurovision Song Contest, First European Games, Formula 1 race and now 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, the www.azernews.az website reported.
Azerbaijan can accommodate some 40,000 tourists in its 535 hotels, which include a series of luxury hotels – Excelsior, Hilton, Four Seasons, Fairmont, JW Marriott, Kempinski – as well as several budget hotels for cost-conscious travelers.
And, 25 hostels and 92 apartments for tourists operate in Baku. Rent of private apartments is gaining popularity and for some this is the best way to spend vacation in Azerbaijan.
Muzaffar Agakarimov, the adviser of the Chairman of Azerbaijani Tourism Association AzTA noted that more and more tourists rent private houses in the country.
Local residents lease out houses both in the center of Baku and on the outskirts of the city, according to him.
The expert noted the need to build new hotels in Azerbaijan. “The number of tourists visiting Azerbaijan is growing, so there is a need for new hotels,” he said.
As many as 146 of the hotels are located in Baku and Absheron peninsula, Agakarimov said. In addition, some 25 hostels and 92 apartments for tourists operate in Baku, he said adding that all these facilities are private.
Bulks of the hotels located in the country are 5-3 stars, which sometimes creates inconvenience for low-budget tourists.
Tourism in Azerbaijan has a thousand-year tradition. To make sure it is enough to remember the Great Silk Road, which contributed to not only commercial, but also cultural exchange. A special surge of interest in the country located on the Caspian Sea shore, however, arose during the era of hydrocarbon resources.
Situated on the Great Silk Road, and divided partially between Eastern Europe and Western Asia, Azerbaijan blended the best from both cultures, forming its own unique rich culture, that’s why its people are neither totally Eastern, nor totally Western.
News source: www.azernews.az
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