Azerbaijan Airlines New Campaign Due to Novruz Holiday – Baku – New York Baku

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Azerbaijan Airlines ,AZAL, announced the launch of a new campaign due to Novruz holiday.

During the national spring holiday Novruz, discounts will be applied to air tickets on a number of destinations.

The campaign is applied to the following destinations (the full cost of the air ticket, including taxes and fees):

Baku – New York – Baku – 599 EUR

Baku – Milan – Baku – 299 EUR

Baku – Paris – Baku – 299 EUR

Baku – Prague – Baku – 299 EUR

Baku – Berlin – Baku – 299 EUR

Baku – Dubai – Baku – 199 EUR

Air ticket sales period within the campaign: March 16-31, 2017

Flights period: April 1– May 6, 2017

The number of air tickets on discounts is limited.

Air tickets can be booked on the website of the company www.azal.az, purchased at AZAL sales offices and official sales agencies.

Azerbaijan was presented at the famous Los Angeles Travel & Adventure Show

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Azerbaijan presented at the Los Angeles Travel and Adventure Show

Provocative and aggressive actions by the Armenian lobby fail to disrupt Azerbaijan’s presentation.

Azerbaijan’s tourism potential was presented at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show held on February 18-19, 2017. Attended by over 30,000 visitors, the Show is the largest travel event in the United States.

Sponsored and organized by the Consulate General of Azerbaijan in Los Angeles, the Azerbaijan booth, titled “Azerbaijan: Everlasting Heritage, Inspirational Harmony,” offered the attendees substantial information about Azerbaijan, its ancient history and culture, steady development as an independent nation as well as its rich tourism potential. Various video clips showcasing Azerbaijan’s natural beauties, landscapes, unique history, cultural diversity and architecture were demonstrated in the booth. Colorful national costumes of Azerbaijan demonstrated in the booth received much acclaim.

The Azerbaijan booth also presented Azerbaijan’s Karabakh region and informed the Show visitors about this historical part of the country. The banner ”Karabakh: Crown Jewel of Azerbaijan”, featured in the booth, attracted much attention of the Show visitors. Showcasing picturesque nature of Karabakh, the banner also features Karabakh’s history, its historical Azerbaijani monuments, such as the Shusha Walls, Govharagha Mosque, Ganjasar Albanian Monastery, as well as the Karabakh carpets, the Mugham music school, the Karabakh horses and cuisine. A booklet, which includes information on all these features of Karabakh, published by the Consulate General, was distributed in the booth. The brochure also highlights the current situation in Karabakh, which has been under illegal military occupation by Armenia since over 24 years. Referring to a travel warning by the U.S. State Department, the brochure cautions Americans to avoid any travel to this region.

Alarmed by Azerbaijan’s presentation at the Show, California’s Armenian lobby tried its best, through various provocative and aggressive actions, to disrupt the work of the Azerbaijan booth. However the lobby once again miserably failed.

The presentation of Azerbaijan at the largest travel show in the U.S. became another success story.

e-Visa to Azerbaijan Just in 3 steps – For US and Canadian Citizens Within 3 Days

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e-Visa to Azerbaijan Just in 3 steps – For US and Canadian Citizens Within 3 Days.

ASAN Visa, the portal of getting simplified visas to Azerbaijan (www.evisa.gov.az), has started operation.

The portal, presented on December 16, enables to receive e-visa in three steps within three days.

Persons who want to visit Azerbaijan will be able to get a visa in just three steps which are completely online:

1. Get started by going into the website www.evisa.gov.az for apply.
2. Submit necessary information to the system of ASAN Visa and pay the state fee online.
3. E-visa will be sent to the email of the applicant within three working days.

The visa fee is $20. Electronic visa applications are for one person, for a family (not less than two and not more than ten persons) and for a group of 10-300 people.

Citizens of 81 countries will be able to take advantage of ASAN Visa system, which will make life of many foreigners easier.

The list includes the U.S., Albania, Germany, Andorra, Belgium, the UAE, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Brazil, Brunei, South Africa, Czech Republic, Chili, China, Denmark, Estonia, Aljazeer, Finland, France, India, Croatia, Indonesia, Jordan, Iran, Ireland, Island, Spain, Israel, Sweden, Switzerland, Italy, Canada, Cyprus, Korea, Costa-Rica, Cuba, Kuwait, Qatar, Guatemala, Latvia, Lithuania, Lichtenstein, Luxemburg, Hungary, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, Monaco, Montenegro, Mongolia, Nepal, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Vatican, Vietnam, Japan, New Zealand and Greece.

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Warm and Colorful New Year Holiday Festival has opened in Baku Icherisheher 

Baku 2011 - 081New Year Bazaar “Winter Castle” is organized near the Gosha Gala Gates by the Administration of State Historical-Architectural Reserve Icherisheher and supported by Kapital Bank.

New Year Bazaar will delight Baku citizens and its guests until January 10.

New Year Bazaar is a fair, where you can enjoy a wide range of entertainment, shopping of a variety of products, books, hot snacks, sweets and even hot wine.

The fair is open every day from 12:00, and from 19:00 to 21:00 visitors will enjoy the concert program.

Entertainment includes not only the animation for kids on the weekends, but also fantastic deals. Travel agency DunyaTour offers visitors a unique opportunity to win a trip for two abroad.

Thus, each buyer, making a purchase worth more than 20 manats, receives a voucher. On January 10, at lottery drawing, he or she can be a winner and get a free trip to Istanbul.

But, that’s not all. Winner of the best selfie #gishgalasiselfie gets dinner for two at one of the restaurants of the Old City.

And the one, who writes the best and most original letter to Santa Claus, will receive a free dinner in the Fortress for the whole family. The competition will continue until December 30. The letter should be dipped in a glass box of the GAMMA tent.

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Azerbaijan Airlines is offering discount up to 20 percent on Baku-New York – Baku flights for those willing to book by January 15, 2017

To score a deal, you’ll need to book by January 15, 2017 (Departure January 15 – March 15, 2017)

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Azerbaijan Airlines (AZAL) announced a new campaign.

A discount of up to 20 percent will be applied while buying round-trip air tickets in the period from December 15, 2016 to January 15, 2017 on the following destinations when departing from / to Baku: London, Milan, Berlin, Paris, Prague, Tel Aviv, Beijing , Dubai and New York. Departure period: January 15 – March 15, 2017.

Air tickets can be booked on the website of the company www.azal.az, purchased at AZAL sales offices and official sales agencies. Points for the flight may be credited automatically in case AZAL Miles member unique number will be entered in the appropriate filed while purchasing online.

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The Embassy of Azerbaijan took part in the International Travel and Tourism Show in Montreal, Canada

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The Embassy of Azerbaijan took part in the International Travel and Tourism Show in Montreal, Canada on Oct 21-23rd, 2016. Over the course of the event, the Embassy was supported by the Association of Quebec Azerbaijanis, especially Mr. Masud Aliyev, Ms. Rena Muslumova, Ms. Esmira Shirmammadova, and Ms. Aylin Abbasi. Attendees at the event showed great interest in Azerbaijan’s tourism potential and hundreds of promotional materials had been distributed. The Embassy would especially like to thank Mr. Masud Aliyev, Mrs. Rena Muslumova, Mrs. Esmira Shirmammadova and Ms. Aylin Abbasi for their hard work and dedication.

Embassy of the Republic of Azerbaijan in Canada

Gabala – one of the most breathtaking spots in Azerbaijan

 

GabalaAre you in search of a cool, evergreen place to rest? Then I got a perfect suggestion for you – Gabala city.

Gabala, which is located about 225 km away from the capital city of Azerbaijan, is a perfect place for rest and tourism. The weather here is mild in spring and autumn, hot in summer and cold in winter. In addition to marvelous weather, Gabala suggests gorgeous historical monuments, which emerge all around the city and its vicinity.

The city during six centuries served as the capital of the ancient state of Caucasian Albania. Archeological investigations give an evidence that Gabala functioned as the capital of Albania as early as 4th century BC. The ruins of the ancient town are situated in 15 km south-west of the modern site of Gabala, in the village of Chukhur Gabala on the territory between Garachay and Jourluchay rivers. Here you can find the ancient walls and towers.

The fact that Gabala was located in the middle of the 2,500-year-old Silk Road turned the city in a popular and important hub between Europe and Asia. That’s why Gabala has been always desired by many foreign rulers.

Thus, in the 60s BC, Roman troops attacked Caucasian Albania, but did not succeed in capturing the Qabala territory due to the mightiness of that ancient state of Azerbaijan. Gabala then was occupied by Shirvanshah Fariburz, King David IV of Georgia in 1120, Mongol khan Timurleng in 1386, Safavid shah Tahmasib I in 1538, Persian Nader Shah in 1734, but despite all the captures, this ancient city was able to preserve its culture and identity.

Due to its historical importance, Gabala preserved a number of fascinating landmarks. The most outstanding of them are an old tower of defense purposes (9-11th centuries), a mosque of the 13th century, Imam Baba mausoleum (18-19th centuries), Juma mosque and, surely, Historical Ethnography Museum that involves thousands of historical artifacts of the city.

By the way, a stunning news came recently from an ancient settlement Galayeri in Gabala. Thousands of artifacts made of clay, stones, metal, and bones have been found at the site, which has a history dating back to the first half of the 4th millennium BC.

Another interesting fact has been the discovery of an ancient catacomb at the site, which dates back to the same period when the site was first settled – some 6,000 years ago. So, it is more ancient than any other catacomb found in Europe and the Caucasus! Moreover, archaeologists also discovered a human skeleton buried with more than a hundred jewelries and 30 potteries in the Dizakhli village of Gabala.

Just like in past, today Gabala is a magnet for international and local events. It can be said that the city is the second popular destination of Azerbaijan after capital Baku. Numerous meetings of politicians and summits are held in this wonderful city. In 2013, Gabala was declared the Cultural Capital of the Commonwealth of Independent States, in recognition of its long contribution to the history of Azerbaijan and the region. And today Gabala justifies its high title.

If you are a music lover, you should come to Gabala – in recent years the city has become the music capital of Azerbaijan. Annual International Music Festival – the festival of classical music is held here every summer starting from 2009, where musicians perform in the open air. Its participants are musicians from Europe, the U.S., Israel, as well as musicians from republics of the former USSR. Additionally, the contest of young pianists, jazz and mugham evenings are held in the framework of the musical festival.

Since 2013, Gabala annually hosts International Jam Festivals. And it is not too late to get in the festival of current year, which will be held in Gabala on August 27. Masters from Turkey, Russia, Iran, China, Ghana, Northern Cyprus, Ukraine and Uzbekistan, confectioners from 26 regions of Azerbaijan will gather together to demonstrate their abilities and share yummies with people.

Given all these activities and events, Gabala is considered a highly popular tourist destination. Additionally, Gabala is rich in nature, with thick forests and mountain landscapes, noble deer, wild boars, hares, bears, wolves, foxes and numerous birds.

Currently, everything possible is made in the city for the sake of coming tourists. Many hotels, including world hotel chains were put up in Gabala. The city contains an ice skating rink and a Greek-style theatre, built especially for outside concerts. Tourist can make shopping in several modern shopping malls constructed within the city. Additionally, Gabala is home to Tufan Ski Complex, one of the biggest ski resorts throughout the whole Caucasus, which serves up to 3,000 ski lovers a day.

Moreover, the largest entertainment park under the open sky in Azerbaijan – Gabaland is located at the area of 16 hectares in Gabala. Visitors are provided with extreme kinds of attractions, ice arena, carting, sports fields, theatre, convenient parking, great food in restaurants and cafes.

In short, modern Gabala manages to combine both ancient greatness and modern development, and it can be said that Gabala is one of the most vivid examples of cities of contrasts, which are so loved by tourists.

ASAN Visa system to improve work on developing tourism in Azerbaijan

The launch of the ASAN Visa system in the near future will improve the work on developing tourism in Azerbaijan, as foreign citizens will be able to get visas in three days at the latest, said the country’s Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfas Garayev.

Garayev made the remarks during a meeting with representatives of French companies in Baku.

He noted that the tourism industry s one of the priority areas of Azerbaijan’s economy and great progress has been made in this sphere in recent years.

“Rich culture and history, hospitality of our country open great opportunities for developing tourism in Azerbaijan,” said the minister. “The work in this sphere continues, Azerbaijan takes important steps to attract more tourists and simplifies the visa procedures.”

Garayev pointed out that currently, citizens of a number of countries can get visas right at the airport.

Moreover, the citizens of other countries can visit Azerbaijan by getting online tourist visas, he added.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev on June 1 signed a decree on simplification of e-visas issuance procedure and the creation of the ASAN Visa system.

The decree was signed in order to simplify procedure for issuing visas to foreigners and stateless persons arriving in Azerbaijan, as well as creation of an e-visa system ensuring transparency and efficiency with the use of modern information technologies.

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The Azerbaijani government plans to apply Tax Free system for the incoming visitors

Baku 2011 - 115 - Copy (2)The Azerbaijani government plans to apply Tax Free system for the incoming visitors taking into account the rise in tourist flow to the country. The testing of the system has already been launched.

“Relevant documents have been submitted for approval, and currently this system is in the test mode,” the Azerbaijani Ministry of Taxes told Trend on June 17.

To use the Tax Free system in Azerbaijan, the value of goods purchased at one electronic invoice shall not be less than 300 manats ($200) including the value added tax (VAT).

The goods should be exported from the country within 90 days of the date of purchase. VAT payment is returned back only in this back.

The VAT rate for all goods is set at 18 percent in Azerbaijan. Thus, 20 percent of VAT amount will be deducted as the payment for services, and the other 80 percent will be refunded to the applicant.

To benefit the Tax Free service it is necessary to shop Tax-Free goods at specific Tax Free shops. Then, passport is to be produced for filling an electronic tax invoice. The signed and stamped tax invoice will include the amount of the paid VAT and its last return date.

When leaving the country, a visitor should present to airport customs his electronic tax invoice together with passport.

In the end, the custom’s tax invoice should be presented to an authorized bank. The refund can be made both in cash and non-cash (after 10 days) way.

Overall, approximately 52,000 people benefit each day from Tax Free shopping around the world. Tax Free shopping services are available from more than 320,000 stores in 52 countries worldwide.

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The 7th Silk Way International Music Festival will take place in Azerbaijan’s Sheki region

ShekiAzerbaijanThe 7th Silk Way International Music Festival will take place in Azerbaijan’s Sheki region, the 2016 Cultural Capital of the Turkic World on June 28, Trend Life reported.

The festival, which is being supported by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, will run until July 4.

Last year, the festival kicked was also hosted by Sheki. The concert program featured the performance of musicians from Azerbaijan, Turkey, Japan and Poland.

Holding such a grand music festival, which has become a wonderful tradition, in Sheki, is not by mere chance. For centuries this beautiful city, which is located along the route of the ancient Silk Road, was an important center of art and commerce.

Today Sheki is a unique place that has preserved the culture of urban planning inherent to medieval towns.

Rare historical and architectural monuments of the city – caravanserais, mosques, minarets, walls, bridges, etc. – indicate the ancient architectural style of Sheki.

By Laman Ismayilova

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