It’s the rich history, cultural and natural heritage of Azerbaijan that attracts tourists from all over the world. The country’s amazing nature, mineral and thermal springs, Naftalan oil which is unique in the world for its medical treatment features, ancient architecture, rich culture and cuisine and many other factors allow for all kinds of tourism development in Azerbaijan – sports, hunting, beach, medical tourism, exotic tourism, business and even cuisine experiences.
Thanks to the fact that Azerbaijan has 9 out of the 11 climate zones existing in the world, our country is a favourable destination for both summer and winter leisure. Eco-tours are widespread in Azerbaijan as well, including trips to natural reserves, both walking tours and mountain hiking routes. And from June, when the beach season starts, the beaches of Baku on the Caspian sea shoreline are perfect for diving as well. In essence, tourism has become one of the most dynamic sectors of the economy in Azerbaijan.
The number of tourists visiting Azerbaijan is increasing every year. Due to simplified visa procedures, the number of tourists in the country was 2,300,000 visitors in 2016, which is 11.7% more than in 2015.
Today, there are 560 top class hotels in the capital city and regions. These include world-known network hotels such as Four Seasons Hotel Baku, Hyatt Regency, JW Marriott Absheron Baku Hotel, Grand Hotel Europe and Hilton Baku.
There are hotels, resorts, entertainment and sports centres in the regions as well. The tourism infrastructure outside the city includes the Caucasus network of hotels, Gabaland amusement rides, a gorgeous tourist complex Shahdag in Gusary, as well as over 15 Olympic sports and recreational complexes that offer leisure and sports activities.
The country has also done a lot in the medical tourism area. The tourist and medical treatment complexes in Naftalan and Galaalti meet the highest international standards.
The outcomes of tourism development, such as the increasing number of visitors to the country, prove that the public-private partnership in this area is quite efficient.