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President of Azerbaijan Institute of Tourism: "If we want to benefit from tourism, each of us should work professionally in this sector"

28 January 2008 [13:11] - TODAY.AZ
Azerbaijan must do a lot in the sphere of tourism so that to occupy a worthy place on the global market.

The due statement was made by President of Azerbaijan Institute of Tourism Jafar Jafarov.

He said the works in this sphere are connected with creation of
necessary infrastructure, as well as training specialists.

He stressed the progress as compared to previous years.

He noted that the government should improve the legislative basis in the sphere of tourism.

"The government also creates conditions for the development of infrastructure, yet it can not deal directly with the construction of hotels and other establishments. This is the responsibility of a private sector. The government has another role, that of regulation and encouragement. In this sense the government fulfills its work. There is a state program for tourism development until 2017. The plan will be ratified in the near future"

He said commenting on the complaint of Azerbaijani citizens about high prices in tourism establishments in the regions that prices are established by the private sector and it is impossible to make any legal restrictions. It is the market that regulates prices.

"I think the current prices are too high, and, frankly speaking, services are not on a high level", he noted.

He also pointed out the need for professional advertising, related to this sphere, as well as training professional guides and other specialists.

J.Jafarov stressed the importance of specialists for the development of this sphere and noted that currently there is a great interest among young people in this sphere.

"Last year we admitted 200 students and there are over 200 students this year. If we compare the indicators of the two years, it is possible to say that the entrance scores of our students were much higher, as compared to the last year. Moreover, the number of students who indicated our institute first on the list, while submitting documents for higher education, has risen. At the same time, the education fare has risen at our institute"

He said most of the students of the Institute had worked in the tourist establishments in the northern region in summer and added that 25 students practiced in the most prestigious hotels of Antalia, as well as in Northern Cyprus.

"If we want to benefit from tourism, each of us should work professionally in this sector", he concluded.


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