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


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, purchased at AZAL sales offices and official sales agencies.

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


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


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 (, 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 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.



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)


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, 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.


US citizens will be able to receive e-visas to Azerbaijan within 3 days


US and Canadian citizens will be able to receive e-visas to Azerbaijan within 3 days.

Azerbaijan has revealed the list of countries, whose citizens will be able to visit the Land of Fire fast and without tedious procedures, APA reports.  The move is aimed at ensuring an intensive development of tourism as a strategic sector of the economy.

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.

The presidential order signed in June 2016 aimed at simplification of e-visas issuance procedure for foreigners and stateless persons arriving in Azerbaijan.

The only thing to do, instead of going to the diplomatic mission and talking with foreign officials, is to enter requested details onto “ASAN Viza” and pay the proper stamp duty. Three days later, the visa will be sent to e-mail of an applicant.

This experience maybe a good example for other countries, and soon the Azerbaijani citizens will also have an opportunity not to stand in endless queues at foreign diplomatic missions in Baku.


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.

Baku Heads Forbes Top 10 Holiday Destinations in Velvet Season


You think that could not enjoy the sun this summer, and it is too late to do this. But, it does not relevant to Azerbaijan’s capital Baku, which delights people with its sunlight until late September.

Popular Russian hotel search service and presented TOP 10 resort cities and islands to relax in the velvet season.

Baku headed the list, earning its place of honor among the cities thanks to its beaches, unique beauty and mixture of cultures.

According to the service, for about $800 one can spend an unforgettable week in sunny Baku.

The recreation budget for two people, included airfare from Moscow to Baku and back, and a week stay in a cheap hotel (3-star hotel and above) in the resort. We are taken into account the average prices in September.

A week for two in Baku in September will cost $370, and the flight from Moscow to Baku and back will be about $432.

In Azerbaijan, sunny weather persists until the end of September, and one can enjoy swimming and sun tanning in the warm Caspian Sea.

Visiting the capital of this rapidly developing country, any tourist will be satisfied with vacation, since Baku has been able to preserve the heritage of antiquity and at the same time took the image of a modern metropolis.

Among the historical monuments of the city it’s required to visit the local acropolis Icherishehir,  the pearl of Azerbaijani architecture Shirvanshahs Palace and the accumulation of petroglyphs with the age of about 10,000 years — Gobustan.

The main attraction of modern Baku is steel futuristic skyscrapers — Flame Towers, which are visible from any point of the city.

At any time of year it is possible to visit Azerbaijan. Nine of the eleven climate zones that exist in our planet allow the country to welcome visitors all year round. But each of the seasons, of course, has its own unique colors and features. Which of them will bring you more pleasure can be found only through personal acquaintance with amazingly beautiful nature, the Caspian coast, ancient history and cultural traditions of Azerbaijan.

In September the weather varied depending on the city and regions of the country. In this month the weather in Azerbaijan is just perfect, which will allow you to savor fully your vacations: the sun is guaranteed, rainfall is scarce and the humidity is bearable. It is therefore the ideal month to go to this city.

Azerbaijan, a unique land in the Caucasus, has appeared not so long ago on the world’s tourism map. Tourism is among the government’s priorities for the development of its non-oil sector. Azerbaijan makes everything possible to use its natural advantages to develop the tourism sector of the country, implementing various projects and programs for attracting tourists to the Land of Fire.

Today, there are about 570 accommodation facilities and 300 travel agencies in Azerbaijan. The prices for hotels and hostels became even more attractive for the foreign visitors due to the devaluation of the national currency in 2015. The provided accommodation establishments are of any price range, starting from just $6-7 per night in hostel and $25 in hotels.

By Amina Nazarli



A solemn ceremony dedicated to selection of Azerbaijan’s Sheki city as the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World in 2016 took place at the Yukhari Bash Historical-Architectural Reserve

ShekiAzerbaijanA solemn ceremony dedicated to selection of Azerbaijan’s Sheki city as the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World in 2016 took place at the Yukhari Bash Historical-Architectural Reserve, the historical part of Sheki on April 28.

The opening ceremony was attended by UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, Secretary General of TURKSOY Dusein Kaseinov, Azerbaijan`s Minister of Culture and Tourism Abulfaz Garayev, famous Kazakh poet Olzhas Suleimenov , members of the Parliamentary Assembly of Turkic-speaking countries, Azerbaijani MPs and others.

Firstly, the participants visited the monument to national leader Heydar Aliyev in Sheki and laid a wreath at the tomb of the national leader.

Later, they joined the festivities organized in the city. Girls in national costumes greeted the guests with sherbet, a frozen sweet dessert made from fruit or fruit juices, in front of the Palace of Shaki Khans, the pearl of Azerbaijani architecture. The guests watched here the ancient national game chovgan, a sport played on horseback with a history going back 2,400 years.

Then, the participants entered the courtyard of the Khan’s Palace. Here the guests were met by a symbolic Khan, who was accompanied with his viziers, courtiers. The guests saw the rooms of the palace and enjoyed vivid images, reminiscent of the Khan’s times.

The guests also walked through the Oriental bazaar, got acquainted with the works of craftsmen, saw performances of tightrope walkers and national wrestlers, listened to performances of folklore and music groups and enjoyed delicious meals of the Sheki cuisine.

The guests also visited the historical-architectural monument of the XVIII century – Yukhari Karvansaray hotel complex, watched performances of dance groups and ensemble of ancient musical instruments, as well as visited the exhibition-fair of Sheki craftsmen.

Addressing the official ceremony, Head of Sheki City Executive Power Elkhan Usubov said that the decision to select the city as the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World in 2016 was declared at the 33rd meeting of the Permanent Council of Culture Ministers of TURKSOY.

He reminded that in 2012, the city was chosen as the Capital of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Also, 2012 year was declared as the year of Mirza Fatali Akhundzade, an author and activist, who was born in Sheki.

In 2014, Sheki hosted the exhibition, as well as the fashion show of national costumes of Turkic-speaking countries.

Usubov, on behalf of Shaki citizens, thanked President Ilham Aliyev and First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva for a great attention attached to the preservation of cultural heritage in the country as well as the promotion of the rich culture of Azerbaijani people.

“The event taking place in Sheki unites the culture of the Turkic World. It is hard to imagine the Turkic culture without Azerbaijan, especially without Sheki city. Today, there is a festive atmosphere in Sheki. The city of Shaki is recognized globally as a cultural center,” Abulfaz Garayev said while addressing the event.

Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, in turn, stressed that such events serve to further strengthening friendly relations between the peoples. “Strong economical and cultural ties give impetus to the further development,” he said adding that the main aim of the UN Alliance of Civilizations is to expand ties, build bridges among peoples.

The TURKSOY Secretary General, for his part, said that Shaki is the fifth city, which was declared a cultural capital of the Turkic world.

“The city is the birthplace of many cultural figures. Sheki is famous in the world for ancient historic monuments, tasty sweet treats and humor. All of these factors played an important role in the election of Sheki as the Cultural Capital of the Turkic World”, he added.

Then, media representatives of Azerbaijan and other Turkic countries have been awarded TURKSOY prize for the activities.

The ceremony continued with a gala concert, where musicians from Azerbaijan and other Turkic-speaking countries presented an interesting concert program. The concert started with the dance “Yalli” performed by the State Dance Ensemble “Jangi”, dance collectives of Turkey, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan as well as dance groups of Shusha music school.

The attendees watched performances of famous Azerbaijani ashugs and mugham performers, dance groups and singers, who came from Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Turkey, soloists from Kyrgyzstan, Bashkortostan, Gagauzia as well as Baku Chamber Orchestra. The ceremony ended with fireworks.

Sheki, located on the descriptive hillsides of the Caucasus Mountains in the background of snowy peaks is among Azerbaijan’s main tourist destinations, hosting hundred thousands of tourists every year.

The city is a real natural wonder with its beautiful landscapes, mineral water springs, forests and rivers.

Sheki’s Caravanserai

Since ancient times, Sheki has been famous as a city of artists, artisans and merchants. The city hosted the traders from all over the Great Silk Road, due to which the construction of caravanserai was very important. Between the 18th and 19th centuries some five large caravanserais were operating in the city, and today only two of them namely Upper and Lower survived.

Sights of attraction

The must-see place in Sheki is the local Old Fortress. There are 11 historical bathhouses here, and one of them built in 19th century, is still in operation. Most of the historical monuments from different periods are located in this part of the town, including the 5th century Albanian temple and barracks built in the time of Tsar.

Juma Mosque, built in the18th century is another tourist attraction in Sheki, which is protected by the state as an important historical monuments.

The majestic Palace of Sheki Khans, located in the city fortress, takes a special place with its magnificent wall paintings and colorful windows’ mosaic.

The palace is a two-story brick masonry structure elongated on the north-south axis and covered with a wooden hipped roof with long eaves. The layout of both floors is identical; three rectangular rooms are placed in a row, separated by narrow, south-facing balconies that provide access to the rooms.

The summer residence is renowned for the lavish decoration of its exterior and interior. The facades are covered in tiles with floral and geometrical motives. The interior walls of the residence are covered with frescoes painted during the eighteenth century. Many of the frescoes feature flowers in vases, while a series of paintings on the first floor halls depict hunting and battle scenes. Signatures on frescoes list the names of artists Ali Kuli, Kurban Kuli and Mizra Jafar from Shemaha, Usta Gambar from Shusha, and Abbas Kuli, who may also have been the architect of the summer residence.

The palace was the residence of Sheki khans back in 1762. The interior design of the palace reflects the best traditions of Azerbaijani architecture. The palace is considered as one of the most beautiful architectural monuments of medieval Azerbaijan.

Samples of Sheki cuisine

Famous local dish is Piti. No one could resist the flavor of this Piti, which is cooked in special earthenware pots in eight-nine hours.

Piti is traditionally a workers’ dish, local people say. There is even a belief that one portion of piti is enough to see a worker through the whole day; it is a very satisfying and, at the same time, inexpensive lunch. The main ingredient is lamb, rich in proteins and fat. The use of only fresh meat and the fat from the distinctive tails of Azerbaijani sheep give the dish its special flavour.

Sheki is also famous for its own sweet pakhlava made of rice flour, nuts, and sugar-honey syrup. Anyone visiting Sheki will not be able to resist the temptation of its famous Pakhlava.

By Laman Ismayilova


Naftalan, Azerbaijan – Miracle Oil For All Diseases


Azerbaijan, with its rich natural resources, some of which are considered a remedy of many diseases, can safely be called the curative hub of the region, with its mineral waters and healing mud.

Azerbaijani oil known as “Black Gold” is not only the profitable part in the country’s state budget, but also a source of treatment for many diseases.

Naftalan, a rare type of oil from Azerbaijan, is a thick, black-brown liquid with a specific, aromatic odor, that is used only for medicinal purposes. Azerbaijani doctors have prescribed it for years to successfully treat various skin, joint and bone diseases such as psoriasis, arthritis and rheumatism.

Located some 360 km west of Baku, the town of Naftalan, where the oil originates, has a special treatment center with unique natural treatments that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world.

Known since ancient times and mentioned in the works of prominent Greece historians Herodotus and Plutarch, Naftalan oil is used for therapeutic baths to treat over 70 illnesses.

Medicine made from Naftalan is used in various types of external and internal treatment. It is used against inflammation as an anaesthetic and disinfectant. As it penetrates the skin, Naftalan accelerates the metabolic process, boosting cell regeneration. It has a calming, cooling and antiseptic effect, relieves joint pain, cures psoriasis, calms the nerves and beautifies the skin.

The type of its application depends on the specific disease and the doctor’s recommendations. For diseases such as eczema and psoriasis, for instance, Naftalan-based medicine is rubbed onto the skin. The oil also helps ultrasound to penetrate more effectively, so it is rubbed onto the skin before ultrasound is applied.

As a resort Naftalan is known since 1926, and today, this wellness center is a modern recreation and rehabilitation center, attracting many tourists with natural factors, achievements of resort medicine, European comfort, Azerbaijani hospitality and affordable prices for tickets combining to make this a unique cultural experience.

2015 turned out very successful for the tourism sector of Naftalan, Head of the information and analysis sector of Naftalan region Executive Power Ulfat Aliyev said.

He emphasized that the Naftalan resort area has become even more better after the reconstruction work in accordance with the State Program on development of resorts in 2014-2018.

Being one of the most ancient resorts in the world, today Naftalan attracts people from all over the planet to experience these oil baths, resembling a chocolate fountain.

The center is able to host more than 2,000 guests and last year Naftalan was visited by tourists from Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, Latvia, Japan, China, UAE and more.

“Modern leisure and health centers have been built in this area. Tourists come to Naftalan not only in spring and summer, but also in the autumn and winter period. Last December some 1,300 tourists visited Naftalan. Every year more and more tourists are interested in this resort,” Aliyev highlighted.

Today Naftalan is one of the ancient resorts in the world and part of the national wealth of Azerbaijan.

The nature of this region is also very rich, characterized by the beauty of its landscapes. Staying in Naftalan you can easily visit the scenic areas of surrounding towns and villages. For instance, you can visit the ancient city Gandja, which is in a 50-minute distance by bus.

One comes to Naftalan not only for good health, but also for bright impressions and good mood for years!

By Amina Nazarli


Baku International Tourism Film Festival


Baku will host the third edition of the Baku International Tourism film festival (BITFF) on June 1-4.

BITFF is an annual non-profit cultural event that takes place in Baku, a global center of historical and cultural heritage, with the organization of the Culture and Tourism Ministry of Azerbaijan.

The festival’s mission is to promote domestic and international tourism films. Also, the festival seeks to help such material target the widest possible international audience. The entries who best contribute – through their content and artistic quality – to the development of domestic and international tourism – will be awarded.

The festival program includes main competition and out-of-competition screening.

In addition to competitive and non-competitive program BITFF includes seminars, discussions and an exchange of experience between experts on tourism, artists and the press.

The festival features several categories, including Country, Region, City, Culture and T radiation, Commercials, Ecotourism and outdoor tourism and TV Reports. All films produced by Azerbaijani production companies will compete also for the National Award.

The organizing committee of the Festival and The Jury may change the category of the submitted film.

There is no restriction to the length of a film.

Applications can be submitted by marketing and communication professionals from corporations and public relations agencies, services, public sector (ministries, city halls, public institutions), film producers and film makers, production companies, multimedia companies, TV stations and students.

To participate in the festival, the submitted material must be completed after January 1st, 2014. The deadline for entries to the third edition of Baku International Tourism Film Festival is April 15, 2016.

By Laman Ismayilova