Having hosted more than 790,000 visitors in 2021, Azerbaijan is ready to welcome tourists this year.
Azerbaijan Tourism Board (ATB) will meet trade partners at OTM 2022, a travel and hospitality expo, which is being held in the Bombay Exhibition Centre.
“We are excited to return to India after a long time and share what’s new in Azerbaijan. India remains an important market for us, and we are set to resume our activities to attract travellers from this beautiful country,” says Bahruz Asgarov, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Azerbaijan Tourism Board.
Having hosted more than 790,000 visitors in 2021, Azerbaijan is ready to welcome tourists with safe, sustainable and immersive experiences in 2022.
Azerbaijan is now open to 87 countries by air travel. With restored connection via multiple international airlines and easy e-visa procedures, passengers aged 18 and over can now fly to Azerbaijan by submitting both a COVID passport (an official document issued by the relevant country on complete vaccination or recovery from COVID-19) and a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before the flight, while for minors only the latter needs to be provided within the indicated period of time.
Among the offerings is Slow Food Travel, developed within an EU-funded project which has been jointly implemented by ATB and Slow Food International. This experience is now accessible across the north-western route with about 60 local partners providing local gastronomic experiences as well as accommodation options.
ATB has also managed to achieve considerable progress in developing hiking routes, with 16 new trails marked across the northern and north-western routes of Azerbaijan, passing through remote mountain villages surrounded by breath-taking nature. Moreover, 97km of hiking trails through the lush, forested mountains of Sheki and Zagatala have recently been added to the Transcaucasian Trail, and more routes will be added in cooperation with the Transcaucasian Trail Association.
Azerbaijan is becoming an increasingly attractive birdwatching destination thanks to its mixed landscapes and interesting bird species. ATB is planning to organise a birdwatching festival.
Another integral part of ATB’s activities is to continue research on how best to develop tourism offerings in Karabakh, where major restoration work continues at full speed. With one international airport open and two more under construction, this destination is set to combine interesting experiences across outdoor activities, health and wellness, cultural routes and other directions.
Azerbaijan will also host the 6th Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix this June 10th-12th. Unlike 2021, this year spectators are welcome to enjoy one of the most unpredictable F1 race weekends, with tickets available as of February.
Another plan for 2022 is the opening of the Mud Volcanoes Tourism Complex, which will allow visitors to enjoy multiple experiences such as quad biking, ziplining and workshops for children along with a trip to moon-like landscapes.
Additionally, Ritz-Carlton and Hotel Indigo will be added to the list of recently opened hotels such as Courtyard by Marriott Baku and InterContinental Baku, where excellent services and quality await Indian travellers, including wedding planners. Azerbaijan offers numerous accommodation types varying from runaway houses at mountain tops to boutique hotels in the city centre.
The development of new tourism offerings has also continued. Safari tours in Shamakhi surrounded by Caucasus Mountains for ecotourists and wildlife lovers, Alpine Coaster at Shahdag Mountain Resort, world’s first oil tanker museum and reconstructed zoo in the capital city, Baku, are among the new experiences.