By Mirsaid Ibrahimzade Azerbaijan, which is a blend of Eastern and Western cultures, has become an attractive destination for international tourists. In January-June 2019, the country was visited by 1.4 million foreign tourists, which was a growth by 86,000 tourists or 6.5 percent compared to the same period of 2018, Azerbaijan State Tourism Agency said in a message on July 11. More than half of the tourists visiting Azerbaijan accounted for Russia and Georgia. In particular, the tourist flow from Russia amounted to 414,000 people (increase of 2.6 percent), and from Georgia – to 342,800 people (increase of 22.8 percent). The tourist flow from Turkey to Azerbaijan in the first half of the year reached 147,700 people (increase of 3.7 percent). There was also a growth in the number of tourists coming from Central and South Asia. In particular, 54,100 tourists from Central Asia visited Azerbaijan (increase of 38 percent). For Azerbaijan, the main tourist markets of South Asia are India (27,000 tourists, 80.2 percent up) and Pakistan (19,000 tourists, 24.4 percent up), while the main tourist markets of Central Asia are Kazakhstan (20,000 tourists, 15.1 percent up) and Turkmenistan (21,000 tourists, 85 percent up). However, in the first… Read full this story
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