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Baku named top Asia destination for 2017

Overview

Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, was ranked 5th in the list of top destinations for travelers in 2017, Asia. An exclusive research to determine the best destinations for tourists was done by Trip Advisor, the travel planning and booking site, for the Travelers’ Choice awards and Destinations on the Rise. The results reveal that Baku, or the City of Winds as it’s sometimes referred to, earned its place of honor on the basis of its performance along variables such as  positive feedback from travelers, number of attractions and venues for entertainment, quality of service, and increase in booking interest.

 

 “We were very excited to see Baku top the list in Asia – Azerbaijan has a fascinating cultural history that straddles the East and West and given that almost 65% of Asian travelers surveyed said that their main travel motivation is to experience and learn about new cultures, we are hopeful this win will encourage even more travel and discovery to Baku in 2017,” said Ms. Janice Lee Fang, communications director for Trip Advisor, Asia Pacific.

 

The list also included other cities like San Jose del Cabo (Mexico), Whistler (Canada), Jericoacoara (Brazil), Kihei (Hawaii), and the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi.

 

“These destinations are fast gaining interest and popularity amongst our community of travelers all over the world, we hope these winning lists will inspire those planning trips in 2017 to consider booking their holidays with some of these rising destinations, be it Baku, Da Lat or Kuching”. She concluded.

 

Situated along the Caspian Sea, Baku is a heady mix of Asian and Western cultures, of the old and new, all of which are best reflected on the city’s sights and landmarks.

 

Travelers can explore the famed medieval Old City, a “must-visit” attraction that houses the UNESCO-listed Shirvanshahs Palace and the Maiden Tower.  Any traveler would take pleasure in admiring the city’s contemporary buildings such as the Heydar Aliyev Center, designed by Zaha Hadid, and the Flame Towers – a trio of skyscrapers covered with LEDs and displaying the mesmerizing movement of a flame.

 

Over the past 10 years, the number of tourists to Azerbaijan has been increased with 2016 having the highest increase by 30 folds. Today, 4.5 percent of the total gross domestic product of Azerbaijan comes from the tourism sector.

 

Currently, the boasts of about 300 tourist companies and more than 570 placements. The country hosts a series of luxury 5 to 7 star hotels like Jumeirah, Excelsior, Hilton, Four Seasons, Fairmont, JW Marriott, Kempinski, with many other budget hotels for cost-conscious travelers. The country also plans to soon increase the number of two- and three-star hotels for the economy class and the continued development of both inbound and domestic tourism. Moreover, the decree on facilitation of e-visas issuance and establishment of ASAN Visa system has made life easier for many travelers wishing to visit Baku and Azerbaijan as a whole.

 
 

Do You Know

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