Published on : Saturday, December 7, 2019
Sengstschmid said this at the 2nd General Assembly of the Azerbaijan Hotel Association organized in Baku on December 4th, local media reports.
The event is all set to present the yearly reports of the Azerbaijan Hotel Association and plans for the national classification system for hotels (stars), information on the strategy for 2020, etc.
Sengstschmid highlighted that the application of tax benefits may encourage the additional development of the country’s tourism businesses.
Sengstschmid also observed that positive changes are hoped to start pouring in from 2020 after the adoption of Law on Tourism. He informed that the consequences of surveys in Shaki and Lankaran regions show that the respondents were not at all quite happy with the airfares, the local travel market (tours) and the quality of the transport system.
Sengstschmid further mentioned that the flow of incoming tourists from Iran to Azerbaijan has grown considerably. He also added that the number of incoming Russian and Saudi tourists is growing as well, saying that an 8 percent growth has been observed in the number of Russian tourists in the tourism market of Azerbaijan.
“The number of incoming Georgian and Turkmen tourists is growing as well,” Sengstschmid concluded.
Also, Sengstschmid pinpointed the rising number of Chinese tourists, saying that some effort needs to be done to make sure that the flow of Chinese tourists to Azerbaijan.
From China to Azerbaijan, he highlighted that new flights will be opened in 2020, which will help expand the country’s tourism potential.
“The conclusion of new contracts is also envisaged. As a result, Azerbaijan will be able to show itself to tourists as a sustainable tourist destination,” Sengstschmid added.
He went on to say that in 2020, the execution of infrastructure projects is designed in Khinalig and other major touristic sites. He noted that in future, the construction of the Mud Volcanoes Guest Center will start.
“For example, in Sheki, where tourists often encounter difficulties in finding right direction, signs and information boards will help develop a network of local routes,” Sengstschmid said.