a single exhibition in azerbaijan the leader in the caucasus region country partner guest country aitf is a specialised exhibition that reflects the trends in the caucasus region s tourism and hospitality industry attracting the attention of industry professionals from all over the world the evidence of the real role of the tourism industry in the economy of azerbaijan and the high status of the exhibition was demonstrated by the third consecutive annual visit of the president of azerbaijan h.e ilham aliyev during his tour the president visited the stands of turkey acting as a country partner stand of bulgaria exhibiting as guest country azal silk way travel sponsor of the fair further national groups of dubai indonesia lithuania russia and the united nations world tourism organisation unwto which was hosting its own stand for the first time at aitf official airline registration sponsor
opening ceremony speaking at the official opening ceremony minister of culture and tourism of the republic of azerbaijan mr abulfas garayev noted that the exhibition is considered by many international organisations as the most influential event in the tourism industry in the region proof of this came from the letter from the secretary general of unwto mr taleb rifai which noted that aitf offers great opportunities for tourism development the role of the government of azerbaijan which has continued to focus on tourism development as a key area for economic investment was highlighted in the message from the secretary general of unwto aitf firms basis for the state bilateral agreements during the exhibition two international agreements were signed the first one concluded between the ministry of culture and tourism of the republic of azerbaijan and unwto regards a joint project entitled a taste of the silk road as part of which an international conference on food culture and tourism will take place in baku on 6 and 7 september 2012 the second agreement on the development of relations in tourism was signed by and between the ministry of culture and tourism of the republic of azerbaijan and the ministry of tourism sport and economic planning of san marino.
aitf2012 exhibitors countries austria azerbaijan belgium bulgaria croatia cyprus czech republic uae dubai france georgia greece hungary india indonesia italy kazakhstan latvia lithuania malaysia maldives poland qatar russia slovakia slovenia switzerland thailand turkey uk ukraine vietnam bangladesh national regional stands azerbaijan bulgaria cyprus czech republic ukraine crimea croatia uae dubai georgia indonesia embassy india malaysia russia stavropol region russia dagestan republic slovenia turkey 72,2 satisfied with the business contacts they made at the exhibition exhibition 63 satisfied with the number of trade visitors 93 satisfied with the entire organisation and management of the fair 69 of exhibitors planning to participate in aitf2013 new destinations qatar · vietnam · indonesia · poland slovakia · croatia exhibitors statistics number of companies countries number of national groups international participants local participants destinations presented 203 32 15 67 33 62
visitors profile aitf2012 hosted 7643 visitors during 3 days of the exhibition visitors general statistics number of visitors international visitors local visitors trade visitors 7643 11 89 68 the exhibition was packed each and every day 68 percent of the visitors were tourist industry professionals on the first day the organisers saw an increase in the number of professional visitors compared to 2011.the total attendance for the three days was over 9,000 people representing a 12-percent growth in the number of professional visitors the approximate statistics of business negotiations at stands is as follows over 7,000 important international contacts with industry experts were made during the event these contacts will now bind azerbaijan further with other parts of the globe visitors by activity travel agencies operators 37.6 hotel industry specialists airlines reps government reps mass media reps 23.2 7.5 12 7.3 visitors by position director/gm head of department sales manager others 14.2 12.8 38.7 37.5%
what they say about aitf2012 the aitf exhibition is evaluated by many international organisations as the most influential and triggering event that promotes the tourism industry development in the whole region aitf has already become a tradition in line with the most anticipated events of the entire touristic community abulfas garayev minister of culture and tourism of azerbaijan over the past decade aitf has gone from strength to strength becoming the leading networking forum for the tourism sector in the caspian area and reflecting the dynamic growth of the tourism industry in the region in 2012 with the participation of more top industry players than ever before i am confident aitf will maintain this reputation taleb rifai secretary-general world tourism organisation unwto for the third year running and not without reason turkey is a partner-country for the international travel and tourism fair aitf our state observes huge potential in the development of relations in this direction between the two countries we are very much satisfied with the arrangement quality of aitf the business atmosphere reigning in the pavilions of the exhibition centre and the work process at the stands of countries and companies murat karapinar gunduz representative of the ministry of culture and tourism of turkey bulgaria is for the first time represented at the azerbaijan international travel and tourism fair as a guest-country and i can declare with confidence that we have already expressed to the organisers our wish to participate as a guest-country in the next exhibition we are confident that the aitf exhibition will set a beginning to the cooperation between azerbaijan and bulgaria not only in the field of tourism but also in the other sectors of economy petko angelov deputy head of the trade and economic mission of the embassy of bulgaria in azerbaijan according to international experts the aitf exhibition has entered the history of exhibition industry in our republic as a new phase of successful development of azerbaijan s tourism sector it is common knowledge that sw travel is a leading touristic company in azerbaijan equipped with the latest technical achievements and as in previous years sw travel is a sponsor to the azerbaijan international travel and tourism fair aitf 2012 shirzad afandiyev director of sw travel company within the boundaries of the cis market azerbaijan is a priority area as we have witnessed a considerable increase in the intensity of tourists inflow from azerbaijan over the past years nowadays azerbaijan rates 4th following russia ukraine andkazakhstan sergey kanaev director of the dtcm s representative office for russia cis and baltic states during his official visit to baku the president of croatia declared readiness to develop tourism relations with azerbaijan and we are very happy that our aspiration to develop touristic ties with azerbaijan was supported at such high level at this exhibition we are striving to implement the political decisions of the two presidents zoran carapic ceo atlantis travel group we are pleased with the organisational quality of the exhibition the business atmosphere reigning in the pavilions of the exhibition centre and the degree of interest that the common and professional visitors take in the stand of our country prayono atiyanto ambassador of the republic of indonesia to azerbaijan country partner guest country sponsor
aitf2012 business program the most popular topics for the professionals in the frame of the fair became tourism opportunities in the countries of visegrad group by the representatives of the national tourism boards of hungary poland slovakia and czech republic new idea of thailand promotion at azerbaijani market by tat moscow tourism authority of thailand public presentations and workshops certainly contributed to the active interaction of participants and trade visitors who discovered useful information about developments in the travel industry thailand all year round by sayama travel co ltd new reservation technologies on-line hotel booking system onaround the world by sw travel zagreb-the capital of croatia zagrebby zagreb tourist board croatia is our beauty croatia online by atlantis travel aitf2012 supported by ministry of culture and tourism of the republic of azerbaijan the world tourism organisationunwto international tourism trade fairs association national confederation of the entrepreneurs employers organisations of azerbaijan republic aec azerbaijan export and investment promotion foundation see you next aitf 4-6 april 2013