On January 25, 2018 AmCham THT Committee hosted its regular meeting for this month.
Mr. Farid Isayev, Chairman of the THT Committee opened the meeting by welcoming the audience, expressed gratitude to Hyatt Regency Baku for hosting the Committee meeting and announced the agenda of the meeting.
Later, Mr. Isayev gave the floor to Ms. Farida Akhundova, Marketing and Communication Director in Azerbaijan Convention Bureau to provide some information about activities and future plans. Ms. Akhundova made a presentation on their company’s vision and plans. She briefed participants about upcoming shopping festival in Baku and provided information on the process, statistics, and strategy. Additional information on what they are planning to do and partnership programs were also noted during her speech.
The further discussion was dedicated to the White Paper. Mr. Isayev discussed preparation process and also shared information on potential topics which they can emphasize throughout the process. It was decided to hold more frequent meetings of a smaller Working Group on the White Paper 2018 in order to work on the ideas. The Committee members were informed that volunteers who want to contribute to the White Paper are welcomed.
Then, Mr. Rauf Pashayev, Deputy Head of Tourism Department, Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan sounded out key problems experienced during tourist trips. He highlighted the negative impact of certain visa issues and gave some statistical results with comparing neighbor countries. Mr. Pashayev suggested to take into account problematic areas and simplify them without any negative impacts on the security system.
Regarding the importance of the White Paper, Ms. Natavan Mammadova, Executive Director of AmCham Azerbaijan, added some information and briefed on the process. Finally, Mr. Isayev thanked everyone for participation and expressed his gratefulness for the fruitful discussion.