BAKU, Azerbaijan, July 26. The Embassy of India in Baku held a State Tourism Promotion Event under “Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav” at JW Marriott Absheron Baku on July 26, 2022 in hybrid mode. Around 25 prominent Azerbaijani personalities from the field of tourism and hospitality industry and well-known personalities from electronic and print media attended the event in physical mode, while their Indian counterparts joined the event in virtual mode.
The Chargé d’Affaires of India in Baku, Mr. Vinay Kumar, welcomed and thanked all the participants for their participation in the interactive meeting on the promotion of state tourism. He also took the opportunity to give special thanks to the resource persons who joined the online meeting, including Dr. Subhash Goyal, Chairman and Managing Director of STIC Travel Group, Mr. Sanjeev Joshi, Director of Tourism India Management Enterprise Private Limited and Mr. Ravi Gosain, Vice President of Indian Association of Tour Operators. Indian participants gave presentations on Indian states including Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Kerala, Goa and Rajasthan.
Mr. Elvin Raziyev from Azerbaijan Airlines gave a presentation on AZAL and Azerbaijani tourism.
The Chargé d’Affaires highlighted “Atithi Devo Bhava” which is at the heart of Indian hospitality ethos, treating guests like God, guides India’s tourism and hospitality sector and welcomes tourists from around the world. whole and offers them an unforgettable experience. The great diversity of tourist attractions spanning land and water expanses, rich national and historical heritage, geographical and cultural diversities make India one of the most attractive tourist destinations in the world. The Indian travel and tourism industry is a very important sector for India. It is one of the largest components of India’s service sector and has contributed almost 7% of India’s GDP every year. The sector is expected to experience robust growth post-pandemic and to facilitate the growth of the industry, the Indian government has introduced various measures including improving tourism infrastructure and ease of travel to India by extending e-visa facility to more than 150 countries, including citizens of Azerbaijan.
While tourist traffic from India to Azerbaijan has grown substantially in recent years, there are still few visitors from Azerbaijan to India. This could be due to the lack of direct air connection between India and Azerbaijan and also the lack of awareness and information regarding the wide variety of attractive places in India that Azerbaijani visitors could choose from. While the recent announcement by Azerbaijan Airlines regarding the start of a direct flight between Baku and Delhi twice a week from August 9, 2022 will reduce the travel time to Delhi to just over 4 hours, the event provided more information to key stakeholders in India. and Azerbaijan to help them welcome more Azerbaijani tourists to India.
Concluding the event, the Second Secretary of the Embassy of India thanked all the participants including the speakers, prominent Indian friends of Azerbaijan and their colleagues for their auspicious presence and for making event a huge success.
India and Azerbaijan enjoy warm and friendly relations based on historical and cultural ties. Bilateral trade in the first 6 months of 2022 at US$895 million has already surpassed the bilateral trade figure for the full year of 2021 (US$739 million). India is now Azerbaijan’s fourth largest export destination. As more and more people travel to other people’s countries, they will gain a better knowledge and understanding of other people’s culture and economy.