Galeries Lafayette takes second place as the most popular tourist attraction in France after the Louvre Museum.
Azbileg Inserto, Manager for the global clientele of the CIS and Eastern Europe, Galeries Lafayette
– Galeries Lafayette was founded in 1893 and is therefore more than 100 years old. It is one of the largest stores in the world, a landmark of Paris. The central building of the Lafayette Dome Room in the heart of Paris is visited by 100,000 visitors per day, making it the second most popular tourist attraction in France after the Louvre Museum. We sell 3,500 brands - a wide range of products and the most fashionable accessories - from the most affordable to the most prestigious. Why do tourists love Galeries Lafayette? Because it is for everyone!
Our core business is retail tourism, but we also provide related travel services such as a concierge, escorts and VIP travel services. We have many experts who speak different languages. Everyone knows that Paris is the capital of fashion, but in this capital city the unveiling of everything fashionable begins at Galeries Lafayette.
We started working with Azerbaijani tour operators and agencies two years ago. We participate in seminars and working sessions organized by the House of France in Moscow, and once a year French delegates get the opportunity to meet and work with Azerbaijani operators. We provide materials to the big travel agencies and airlines for distribution among their customers – these include a very handy pocket map of Paris with the addresses of tourist attractions and a 10% discount card for use in our store. This helps to attract customers. We hope to increase the flow of tourists from Azerbaijan. That is why we're here today, and we hope to attend the next Azerbaijan tourism exhibition in 2013. This is my first visit to AITF and my main goal is to meet with tour operators in Azerbaijan to attract tourists to France with special support from us when they visit Galeries Lafayette.