Azerbaijan joins One Billion Tourists: One Billion Opportunities campaign
Azerbaijan joins UNWTO’s One Billion Tourists: One Billion Opportunities campaign calling on tourists to make a difference when traveling abroad and recalling the positive impact that even the smallest actions can have if multiplied by one billion.
The Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan joined this initiative by organizing an event at Heydar Aliyev International Airport (Baku) on 13 December, 2012. The passengers of Baku-London flight of Azerbaijan Airlines have been revealed as the symbolic faces of the one billion international tourists travelling in 2012. They were welcomed by the officials of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan and representatives of Azerbaijan Airlines. As it was impossible to know exactly where the one-billionth tourist arrived, all the passengers were presented the certificate of 1 billionth tourist jointly signed by Mr. Abulfas Garayev, the Minister of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan and Mr. Taleb Rifai, Secretary General of the UNWTO.
Furthermore, a roundtable on the theme “One Billion Tourists: One Billion Opportunities” was held in Azerbaijan Tourism Institute, UNWTO Affiliate Member, where Mr. Jafar Jafarov, Rector of Azerbaijan Tourism Institute addressed the development of tourism sector in Azerbaijan.
One Billion Tourists: One Billion Opportunities: www.1billiontourists.unwto.org
To see where the one billion tourists come from, where they travel to, how they get there and what their trip means for development, see the One Billion Tourists infographic: /archive/global/news/2012-12-12/infographics-turning-one-billion-tourists-one-billion-opportunities
Press release: International tourism hits one billon: /archive/global/press-release/2012-12-12/international-tourism-hits-one-billion
Video: UNWTO Secretary-General, Taleb Rifai, on the importance of reaching one billion international tourists: /archive/global/news/2012-12-12/videos-unwto-secretary-general-taleb-rifai-importance-reaching-one-billion-internati