Kazakhstan-Azerbaijan: Cooperation in tourism industry

Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan are developing touristic cooperation. The number of tourists is growing in both countries. However, the majority of the trips are business visits. For the development of other types of tourism, the officials of the two countries plan to organize sea routes and use the potential of the Great Silk Road. According to travel agencies, Azerbaijani citizens mostly visit large cities in Kazakhstan.

KYANAN GULUZADE, SPOKESPERSON, STATE TRAVEL AGENCY:

-The number of Azerbaijani citizens visiting Kazakhstan is growing. They go mainly on business trips. The main destinations are Aktau, Almaty and Astana.

MUZAFFAR AGAKERIMOV, ADVISER TO CHAIRMAN, AZERBAIJAN TOURISM ASSOCIATION:

- There are lots of beautiful destinations in Kazakhstan. Almaty is one of them. Astana is the city of the 21st century. Kazakhstan hosts large international events, such as EXPO 2017 and many others that attract tourists. We suggest organizing cultural and winter tourism in Kazakhstan.

The citizens of Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan are attracted to the unique Turkic culture. Many people want to see the authentic sights and the extraordinary combination of the past, present and future in the modern cities.

RYAVAN KAZIMOV, LOCAL RESIDENT, BAKU CITY:

- I was dreaming of visiting Central Asia and Kazakhstan since I was a child. I am interested in the unique culture, traditional clothes and the cuisine.

NURANA IMANOVA, LOCAL RESIDENT, BAKU CITY:

- I am interested in the seaside in Aktau. I think of visiting the other side of the sea.

According to experts, Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan have vast opportunities to develop the touristic destinations. The two countries are currently discussing the launch of new flights. Meanwhile, more information should be advertised about Kazakhstan’s ancient monuments, sights and recreation areas to attract more tourists from Azerbaijan.