Tourists often rent private houses in Azerbaijan

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Baku

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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Hilton to introduce its flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand to Tbilisi, Georgia

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Tbilisi

Hilton has announced plans to introduce its flagship Hilton Hotels & Resorts brand to Tbilisi, capital city of Georgia, with the signing of a management agreement with Granat LLC.

The 206-guest room Hilton Tbilisi is to open in early 2019. The building’s historic façade will be preserved as part of the designs, while a striking glass roof will be constructed on top of the building and will house the hotel’s rooftop bar and spa, the Hospitality Net website reported.

Located on Kostrova Street, the hotel will be equidistant between two of the city’s most vibrant and colourful districts. Tbilisi’s main thoroughfare, Rustavelli Avenue, is three kilometres away; spotted with picturesque architecture, it is home to the city’s main cultural, religious and government buildings.

Vake, the city’s busy commercial district and the heart of Tbilisi’s financial centre, can be found the same distance in the opposite direction.Hilton Tbilisi will also be two kilometres from the city’s main train station and 15 kilometres from Tbilisi International Airport.

In addition to the rooftop bar, the hotel will include an all-day dining restaurant, lobby bar and a street facing café. For business and events visitors, the hotel will offer more than 1,000 square metres of function and meeting space, in addition to an Executive Lounge and business centre.

Hilton Hotels & Resorts has 18 properties currently under development across Europe, with two hotels in Georgia: Hilton Batumi, in Batumi, capital city of the autonomous republic of Adjara, on the Black Sea coast, which opened in the summer of 2015, and Hilton Garden Inn Tbilisi Chavchavadze, which is currently under construction and set to open in 2018 in the heart of Tbilisi’s financial district.

News source / see the full story: Hospitality Net

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Belarus opens embassy in Georgia

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Tbilisi

Belarus opened an embassy in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi on 20 December during the inaugural visit of Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei to Georgia, Agenda.ge reported.

The Belarusian minister was in Tbilisi for a two-day official visit. His Georgian counterpart Mikheil Janelidze hosted him before the two officials opened the new embassy on Megrelidze Street in Tbilisi’s Saburtalo district.

While in Tbilisi Makei also visited the national memorial at Heroes Square and paid tribute to those who died for the unity of Georgia before he lay a wreath at the memorial.

News source: www.agenda.ge

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Austria opens an embassy in Tbilisi

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The new ambassador of Austria to Georgia, Arad Benko, recently presented his credentials to the President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili.

Mr Benko is the first Austrian ambassador to Georgia who will reside in Tbilisi, the Georgian capital. His predecessors worked from Baku, capital of Azerbaijan.

After the ceremony the sides discussed the prospects of ratification of diplomatic relations, as well as the deepening of bilateral and multilateral relations, Sputnik Georgia reports.

President Margvelashvili stressed the importance of opening the Austrian embassy in Tbilisi. Ambassador Benko, in turn, said about support to Georgia in the process of integration into European and Euro-Atlantic structures and expressed his readiness to contribute to the development of bilateral relations.

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Astoria Tbilisi hotel opens in Georgian capital

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The hotel boom is continuing in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi, which now enjoys one more new hotel close to the centre of the ancient city, the agenda.ge website reported.

The new 4-star hotel Astoria Tbilisi has opened on Chitadze Street, located within five minutes walking distance from Tbilisi’s main Rustaveli Avenue, which hosts a range of shops, restaurants, cafes and shady squares.

The 146-room hotel employees 83 people, according to the Georgian National Tourism Administration (GNTA).

Before opening Astoria Tbilisi hotel, the Astoria brand opened another Astoria hotel on Aghmashenebeli Avenue in Tbilisi’s Marjanishvili district.

Recently a luxury boutique hotel, City Avenue, opened in the Georgian capital city.

Meanwhile, Tbilisi is expecting five-star Pullman hotel to open in Tbilisi’s twisted skyscrapers – Axis Towers.

Radisson, one of the world’s best-recognised hotel brands, was also due to open a three-star hotel in Tbilisi.

The Park Inn by Radisson hotel will be located in central Tbilisi, just off the capital’s main commercial street and only 200 meters from the former parliament building.

Construction works on this project started earlier this year and the hotel will open its doors in 2017.

The total cost of the project will be $25 million USD.

Furthermore international hotel chain Hyatt Group will open a hotel in Tbilisi and offer luxury service that can cater for hundreds of guests.

After Berlin, New Dehli, Dubai, London and Paris, Tbilisi will soon be the latest member of the Hyatt Hotels Corporation family, with a Hyatt Regency Hotel set to open in 2017.

The 170-room hotel will be located in the former building of the Ministry of Justice on Rustaveli Avenue.

Read more at http://agenda.ge/news/55128/eng

Source: www.agenda.ge

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SPAIN TO OPEN EMBASSY IN GEORGIA

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The Spanish Foreign Minister, Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, has announced that Spain plan to open an embassy in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi in the coming months, reports georgiatoday.ge

During a meeting in Tbilisi this week with his Georgian counterpart Mikheil Janelidze, the two ministers said that initial steps towards open a Spanish diplomatic mission in Tbilisi have already been taken.

At present, the Spanish interest section located in the embassy of The Netherlands in Tbilisi handles Madrid’s consular affairs.

Mr Janelidze also took time to praise the increasingly close political, economic, agricultural and cultural relations between Georgia and Spain.

The two sides also discussed Georgia’s expected visa liberalization regime with the EU and the NATO Summit in the Polish capital Warsaw in July.

Mr Garcia-Margallo reaffirmed Spain’s support for Georgia’s territorial integrity as well as Tbilisi’s drive towards European and Euro-Atlantic integration during a meeting with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili.

http://georgiatoday.ge/news/3137/Spain’s-Foreign-Minister-Says-New-Embassy-to-Open-in-Georgia

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BAKU CAN BECOME FIRST CAPITAL CITY WITH HORIZONTAL BUILDING

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Baku

US architects Mark Khidekel and Regina Khidekel are on a visit to Azerbaijan to participate in the US Speakers Program held in the country, reports Trend News Agency.

They have held meetings in Azerbaijan University of Architecture and Construction and met Azerbaijani architects.

Khidekel said it is their second visit to Baku, adding that they like the city very much. Baku is located on the crossroads of Europe and Asia which gives a unique look to the city, he said.

He pointed out that Baku is rich of architectural monuments, which proves that the country is developing. The city’s historic buildings and old streets should be preserved, according to Khidekel.

The architect said he liked the stone facing of the buildings in Baku and noted that it is quite possible to build skyscrapers in the city. Khidekel noted that several projects were discussed during the meeting with Azerbaijani architects.

For example, a beautiful area can be built around the National Flag Square in Baku, he said. Moreover, the architect supports the idea of horizontal buildings and believes that it is a very advantageous project.

Khidekel said it is possible to construct such buildings in Baku as well, noting that thereby, Baku can become the first capital city with horizontal buildings.

The architect expressed readiness to work on such a project in Azerbaijan if he receives a proposal.

Mark Khidekel is an architect and designer. M.A. and Ph.D. from the Leningrad Institute of Architecture and Construction. Khidekel began his study of architecture under his father, Lazar Khidekel , one of the major Russian avant-garde artists and architects, disciple of Mark Chagall and Kazimir Malevich.

See more at http://en.trend.az/azerbaijan/society/2472967.html

Source: www.trend.az

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KOREA OPENS EMBASSY IN TBILISI

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The Republic of Korea this week opened an embassy in Tbilisi, capital of Georgia.

Georgia established an embassy in the Korean capital Seoul in 2011. Until now, bilateral diplomatic services in Georgia have been handled by the Korean Embassy in Baku, Azerbaijan.

Georgia received 5.6 million tourists last year and more than 4,000 Korean tourists traveled to Georgia on trekking, skiing, golfing and wine tours in 2013, according to koreaherald.com

The Korea Water Resources Corp. and Georgian Partnership Fund signed an agreement last year to develop a $1 billion, 280-megawatt hydropower station in Svaneti province in northern Georgia.

Korean conglomerates including Hyundai Motors, Samsung Electronics and LG Electronics have invested in Georgia, and small and medium-sized Korean companies, including Dohwa Engineering and Pyunghwa Engineering, are currently involved in energy and infrastructure projects, reports koreaherald.com

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RUSSIAN TOURISM AGENCIES CONSIDER AZERBAIJAN AND GEORGIA ALTERNATIVE TO TURKEY

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Baku

Following the tense relations between Turkey and Russia, Russian tour operators are looking for alternatives to visiting Turkey and they are currently reviewing Georgia, georgiatoday.ge reports.

At a meeting in Omsk city, managers of local tour companies announced they do not consider the “closing” of the Egyptian and Turkish market the biggest problem for Russian tourism. They highlighted that Russian holiday seekers could head to Batumi, Georgia’s Black Sea coastal city and capital of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara,, instead of Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, or Azerbaijan’s capital Baku.

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According to Yuri Lokhmankin, director of the travel company “Compass-M” with 20 years of work experience in the tourism industry, Turkey is an important touristic destination for Russian tourism, but it isn’t the only one.

“I think that there are some problems with Turkey, but it isn’t so bad we cannot solve it. We have more than enough places to go on this planet, attractions, resorts, seas, oceans and more. I think the problem is with the choice we won’t have for the next year,” Lokhmankin stated.

According to director of the “Eurasia-Tour” company Larisa Savostianova, the tourism industry in Russia goes back to 1999.

“Now we are developing Azerbaijan and Georgia as alternatives to Turkey’s touristic destinations. Remembering those tours that have been before, believe me, today Azerbaijan is like the Emirates.”

Lokhmankin supported his colleague and added that “if Batumi is a small Abu Dhabi, then Baku is Dubai.”

According to the director of the tourism agency “Russkurort” Tulegen Bekmagambetov Russia was an important provider for the Turkish tourism market and if Turkey is closed off for years it will lose its position as the number 1 resort country.

Mr.Bekmagambetov emphasized that Russia should work on replacing Turkey in the tourism market.

Read the article at www.georgiatoday.ge/news/2167/Russian-Tourism-Agencies-Consider-Georgia-Alternative-to-Turkey

Source: www.georgiatoday.ge

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TBILISI, BAKU TO BECOME SISTER CITIES

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Tbilisi

Georgia’s capital city of Tbilisi, and Baku, capital of Azerbaijan, may become sister cities, according to Tbilisi Mayor David Narmania, azernews.az reported.

He expressed his hope that the capital of Georgia will sign a sistership agreement with Baku soon, adding that the sister city process is already underway.

“The negotiations have already been held and relevant documents have been prepared. I believe that in the near future, Tbilisi and Baku will sign a document to become sister cities,” he said.

Narmania highlighted various projects and investment programs to be carried out between the two cities. “We will pay special attention to the development of tourism. There are wide opportunities for that,” he added.

Narmania went on saying that city officials would develop tourism in the regions where large Azerbaijani communities live. “We will first and foremost expand cultural infrastructures which contribute to the development of tourism in those regions,” the Tbilisi Mayor added.

Baku, known as home to an ancient civilization dating back to 5500 BC, is a compact city in which visitors can easily walk around the city center to see most attractions, along with a mix of architecture.

The capital is the location where past and present are intricately intertwined, having always attracted tourists.

Sabail district is a central and ancient dwelling within Baku city, located along the Caspian Sea.

There are also monuments dating to ancient ages and medieval centuries within the district. Icherisheher, meaning Old City, is the most magnificent of the historical monuments in Azerbaijan and is included by UNESCO among the world cultural heritage items. The Shirvanshah palace complex, which is another astonishing state historical architectural museum-preserve, is its masterpiece.

The open-air museum, and Baku’s most majestic and mysterious monument – the Maiden Tower or Giz Galasi – is also located here. Built in the shape of a cylinder on the Caspian Sea shore, the Maiden Tower is a structure which, rather like a buttress, sticks out from the cylindrical tower on the sea side.

The Flame Towers, the tallest skyscraper in Baku at a height of 190 m, is also a beautiful symbol of the city.

Tbilisi is a city whose history goes back more than one thousand years.

The city is not only a stronghold of early Christianity, as the beautiful ancient churches indicate, but here also coexists different religious traditions. So, many mosques, synagogues and churches of various Christian denominations can be seen in Tbilisi.

Tourists can also spend many unforgettable hours walking along the charming streets of the old town and discovering its most hidden corners. It is also possible to visit the grand open-air museum or admire the wonderful panorama of the city while climbing the walls of the ancient Narikala fortress.

The main sights of Tbilisi are its cathedrals and churches, such as the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, the Metekhi Church and Anchiskhati Basilica, the most ancient cathedral in the capital, built in the 6th century. The Dzhvarismama church from the 16th century and the Cathedral of Zemo Betlemi, built in the 18th century, are also among “must see” tourist sites.

Source: www.azernews.Az

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