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About Exhibition

AITF is an absolute leader amongst events of tourism industry in Azerbaijan and the entire Caucasus region. Being the central event of its kind in tourism sector of the country and beyond, AITF becomes the main ground to establish and maintain contacts between foreign and Azerbaijani professionals.

AzerbaijanÖÖ. A reliable partner

According to a report by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation, Azerbaijan is recognized as a world leader in implementing reforms to business regulation.

It is well known that today the world is experiencing an economic crisis and industrial output is falling. Azerbaijan gets an upper rank in the world for the rate of the economic development in over the past five years (2004-2008). During this period of time the economy has grown 2.6 times, and budget expenditure more than 10 times. According to a UN report - The Worlds Economic Situation and Prospects 2009, Azerbaijan will remain the country with most rapidly developing economy in CIS.


FACTS AND FIGURES OF AITF

Launched: 2002
Frequency: Annual
Destinations: 21
Participants in 2008: 70
Participants in 2009: 112
Growth in comparison with 2008: 39%
Total Visitors: 7640
Trade Visitors: 4568
AITF 2010
Expected number of participants in 2010: 180
Exhibition area in 2010: 2750 sq.m


RESEARCH DATA
  • 65.3% of exhibitors stated that they had been successful in establishing business contacts
  • 73% stated that their visitorsí quality met their expectations
  • 85,8% stated the importance of participation at the exhibition for their business development in Caucasus Region
  • 73.9% of exhibitors confirmed they come back next year


INDUSTRY

Tourism in Azerbaijan is a fast developing industry amended with new interesting trends and destinations to be presented at AITF.

Over 300 tourism agencies functioning in Azerbaijan and having partners in over 120 countries of the world

Within last several years 320 hotels of deferent categories for 30.706 rooms have been constructed and those existing were upgraded. 35 new hotels are under construction now. Four new international airports started functioning in 2009.

Inbound tourism: Nevertheless the overall slowdown, Azerbaijan is experiencing a booming flow of tourists coming to the country. According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan in 2009 the number of tourists coming to Azerbaijan increases the figures of the last year by 40-45% and will grow up to 2.3mln.

Outbound tourism: The number of Azerbaijani tourists traveling outside also braking records of the previous years. Thus in 2008 number of outgoing tourists amounted to 2.45m. This figure grew by 16 percent in 2009. Among top ten destinations were Turkey, Italy, Spain, UAE, Ukraine, Russia, Greece, Malaysia, Thailand, Switzerland.


TESTIMONIALS

Tourism industry has been defined by the government of Azerbaijan as one of the priority directions of the non-oil sector of the economy. Such events as AITF are significant for developing of tourism industry of Azerbaijan, as they increase the interest of foreign investors and tourism professionals.

Mr Abulfaz Garayev
Minister of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan
AITF 2009

An increase in the number of Azerbaijani tourists visiting Czech resorts amounted to approximately 30% over the past year. We believe that new relations established at this exhibition will promote a further increase in flow of tourists to our country.

Helena Svobodova
Director of Czech Tourism Authority office in Moscow
AITF 2008-2009

It has been a great honour for us to represent MAURITIUS ISLAND as a new destination attending the Travel & Tourism International Fair in Azerbaijan.
We were fascinated by the people & the city itself
For sure we are going to participate in the next AITF 2010.

Joelle Jean & Raj Jugroo
MAUTURCO travel agency
AITF 2009

I liked the exhibition very much. This event becomes a real forum for tourism industry. Everything is very well demonstrated which allows guests to do their work productively. AITF has its national color and zest, the credit for that should go to the organizers who have managed to hold such a large scaled event.

Yelena Zhirnova, trade-visitor
Marketing specialist of Al-Jawad Tours, UAE
AITF 2008




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We invite you to travel!

A surprise at AITF-2010 was the excellent opportunity available for travelling throughout Azerbaijan ... without leaving the exhibition. Visitors liked the idea of uniting stands demonstrating Azerbaijanís regions in a single complex -- an enclosed pavilion surrounded by a row of bright expositions.

Visitors studied 17 tourist routes in Azerbaijan, each having its own advantages and flavours. Photo exhibitions, maps, brochures and guidebooks on history, carpets, vases, shebekes (arabesque), ornaments, flowers and traditional decorations are varying from stand to stand.

Figuratively speaking, the mountains and forests coexist with flowering meadows, hot plains and icy waterfalls. Exhibition participants look to attract visitors, and to surprise them with their diverse tourism products, hotel infrastructure, and possibilities for increased tourism in the regions.

Local tourism experts believe that the tourism representatives of Nakhchivan, Guba, Lerik and Baku attending the event have successfully solved this problem.

The booths from Sheki, Gebelya, Ganja and Khachmaz were decorated in a fun and interesting manner, while the Gakh, Lankaran, and Garabagh expositions won over visitors with their informal stories about local heritage.

All the exhibitors have something to be proud of - natural areas filled with unique historical monuments, national cultural treasures and original folk art.

Many regions presented ethnographic ensembles, and dance groups, as well as local wines, and sweets.

So, in the framework of AITF-2010, you are invited on a great trip around Azerbaijan. With each exhibition, we get closer to most remote regions of our country. That is the law of professional tourism exhibitions, as the journey begins at home.

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Want to land on a unique fairy-tale island, which celebrates its 500th anniversary of becoming a part of the civilization this year? Mauritius, the heart of the sea-locked state in the south-west of the Indian Ocean, where you can fully enjoy the adventures in the landless waters, descend into the crater of an extinct volcano, enjoy the exotic birds and plants in nature reserves, and† become acquainted with †different cultures and mentality of myriad nations of the world.

We are ready not only to spend hours of talking about the wonders of Mauritius to all visitors of our stand but also to help with travelling to the magnificent white sand beaches and coral reefs of the island. Here, despite the remoteness of the island, European tourists admire the amazing sportfishing and diving. Though we have rare visitors from Azerbaijan, AITF 2010 has already proved the growing interest of your people in the charms of nature, heavenly impressions and implementation of successful commercial projects. We have myriad international companies, an offshore business centre, robust communications and highly educated people. Some people visit our land for business purposes, while others travel here to buy holiday houses. So, business tourism to Mauritius is as well of a certain interest for Azerbaijani entrepreneurs. Visitors to the exhibition are eager to learn about wide ranges of our services, which might be interesting for them outside the hotel. We explain them that we provide comfortable hotels, excellent services, and delicious food. And of course you can expect amazing tours full of historical and culture peculiarities, environmental surprises, and, finally, real adventures.


This is our first visit to Baku, and we believe that Azerbaijan, a country with strong economy, may allow its people to opt a new idea of relaxing on a tropical island. We have very good relations with Dubai, which is almost next to Azerbaijan. So, there are regular six-hour flights from Dubai to Mauritius. I believe that this is a good opportunity for people from Azerbaijan to discover the tropical island, in particular, island nation Mauritius. Therefore AITF 2010, a professional trade show that is annually held in different countries, gives favourable opportunities. This exhibition has played an important role in disseminating information about our country. Suffice it to say that President of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev personally visited our stand and, in a friendly conversation, showed interest to our state and opportunities for developing tourist relations.

We hope that through this exhibition, we will witness a surprise visit to our country of high level authorities from Azerbaijan. This will, no doubt, intensify international relations and help to develop tourism.

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Andrei Andrianov, General Director of SOLEANS (Switzerland):

Where you can successfully combine the possibility of having a quality health care and spend great vacation? My answer is Switzerland, where tourism was originally developed and has now reached its perfection with established infrastructure and traditional services! Your visit to our wonderful country will be facilitated by a Swiss tour operator, which has a 19 year experience in receiving foreign tourists and organizing their leisure.


We receive every customer from all over the world, and arrange every kind of stay and exclusive services for them. Marketing research of requests from our Azerbaijani customers shows that one of the main features of touristsí inflow is their desire for alternative medical examination in a European country. People want not just to be treated, but to have quality consultations, and as a consequence, rest in a country such as Switzerland to have unforgettable memories.

I am sure that this exhibition in Azerbaijan will show a positive influence on the increase of the touristsí inflow from Azerbaijan to Switzerland. Let me be frank: I was surprised, in a good sense of this word, by interest of visitors shown to our stand, and was pleased to see professional partners in conversation and potential customers.

Yes, you know Switzerland very well!


Participating for the first time in this event, I have already made positive conclusions about the AITF exhibition. I think that our cooperation with the exhibition organiser ITECA CASPIAN will become a tradition. First, it is interesting to and useful for both parties. Second, having a confidence in the potential of Azerbaijani tourists, we are ready to provide them with ongoing assistance in visiting Europe.


Another view of the exhibition is its well organization and ... balance. There is always an opportunity to share views, answer questions, spare time for each visitor and provide him or her with maximum information. Here, an important principle of most international forums, i.e. to find an alternative and ensure balance between quantity and quality of customers, was achieved.


We had very interesting meetings at our stand, and successfully conducted a presentation for Azerbaijani tour operators on the specifics of the selling tours to Switzerland. So, I am satisfied!

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