Azerbaijan ranks seventh for development of tourism in Europe
According to the World Tourism Organization (WTO) Azerbaijan ranks seventh among European countries for the development of tourism.
The organization assessed the development dynamics of tourism sector in Azerbaijan at 20 per cent.
San Marino tops the list, followed by Georgia, Israel, Turkey, Iceland, Macedonia. Moldova ranked eighth, Bosnia and Herzegovina ninth, Armenia tenth.
Azerbaijan is among the developing countries in the field of tourism, occupying the 39th place among 148 countries in terms of global competitiveness in tourism.
In 2018, 2,849,600 tourists from 196 countries arrived in Azerbaijan, showing a 5.7 percent increase compared to 2017, according to the State Statistics Committee of Azerbaijan.
Azerbaijan received most tourists in July (11.6 per cent), in August (11.3 per cent), in March (9.7 per cent) and in June (9.5 per cent). On the other hand, tourists visited Azerbaijan less in February (5.8 per cent), in January (6.5 per cent) and in May (7.3 per cent).
In January 2019, 191,600 foreigners and stateless people from 143 countries visited Azerbaijan (a 2.9 per cent increase compared to January 2018).
Thus, 29.4 per cent accounted for the Russians, 29.1 per cent – Georgian citizens, 11.2 per cent – Turkish citizens, 5.4 per cent – Iranian citizens, 4.5 per cent – UAE citizens, 1.7 per cent – Ukrainian citizens, 1.3 per cent – Iraqi citizens, 17.3 per cent - citizens of other countries, 0.1 per cent - stateless people.
In recent years, the creation of a diversified tourism infrastructure in Azerbaijan has increased the interest of foreign tourists to the country. Simplification of visa regime also plays a major role in the development of tourism in Azerbaijan. Currently, citizens of a number of countries get visas right at the Azerbaijani airports, while other tourists can visit the country by getting online tourist visas.