Azerbaijan recently won the bid to host the prestigious 73rd International Astronautical Congress in 2022, strengthening its position as a distinctive and competitive destination for the business events industry. The decision was made as a result of voting during the General Assembly of the International Astronautic Federation in Washington on 25th October 2019.
Baku’s world-class conference facilities and state-of-the-art venues positions the country to become a premium business events destination with a well-developed corporate infrastructure equipped to host largescale meetings and conferences.
With its modern infrastructure and guest-friendly culture, Azerbaijan truly is the perfect place to meet and do business. The country hosted many prestigious events in 2019 including UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee
in June which saw high ranking representatives and government officials from over 70 countries. Also in June, Azerbaijan showcased its business events expertise at the UNWTO Executive Council
, welcoming tourism, arts and culture ministers and delegates from around the world. 2019 also saw several international conference organisers pick Azerbaijan as a destination of choice for its events including the World Conference of the International Society for Music Education
and the IAEE Eurasian Conference.
Looking into 2020, Azerbaijan is all set to host the World Net Summit
towards the end of the year, where founders and CEOs will come together to build and discuss the future of technology. The country can also be considered a pioneer in highlighting the role of women in society as it prepares to host WomENcourage 2020
, a platform celebrating women in computing, aimed at connecting them to diverse technical disciplines and encouraging them to pursue their education and profession in computing.
Renowned for its warm hospitality, the contemporary nation has a history dating back 5,000 years and is woven by the fascinating tales of travellers who passed through the Great Silk Road. Its antiquity and novelty are evident in the cosmopolitan capital of Baku. The bustling metropolis boasts architectural splendour with a modern skyline interwoven with heritage buildings. There are sunny beaches, exquisite food, as well as a rich historic and cultural heritage.
Azerbaijan is also easily accessible with flights from over 70 different destinations across Europe, the Middle East and the United States. The newly implemented ASAN visa system offers added convenience of access with a quick and simple e-visa process. It offers world-class conference facilities, supported by luxury hotels and authentic on-site activities.
Baku has a wide selection of state-of-the-art facilities to host events, some of which are iconic and remarkable 21st-century architectural masterpieces. The Baku Convention Centre
is an impressive, open-plan space offering unobstructed views across Baku’s greatest architectural masterpiece: the Heydar Aliyev Centre
. Designed by world-famous architect Zaha Hadid, the centre is widely considered amongst the world’s most memorable modern constructions. These two venues stand out both for their futuristic designs as well as their ability to accommodate sophisticated large-scale international events. Their adjacent locations also allow them to join forces when needed to host guests from all over the world.
Poised to host large receptions, meetings and gala dinners, venues such as the Four Seasons Baku
, JW Marriott Absheron Baku
and Fairmont Baku
offer ultramodern locations to host international events and delegations. Numerous centrally located facilities offer ideal conditions for everything from small exclusive meetings and conferences to largescale exhibitions of up to 68,000 participants.
The Caucasus country is on the cusp of a tourism boom as it welcomed a record number of in-bound visitors spending more than USD 2 billion in 2018, making it one of the fastest growing tourist destinations in the world. As a tourism proposition, Azerbaijan is supported by a rich history that dates back five millennia and a composite culture that has evolved with the passing through of travellers along the Great Silk Road. With high-profile sporting events such as the Formula 1 Azerbaijan Grand Prix, varied hospitality offerings that range from luxury hotels to B&Bs and a vibrant gastronomical experience, Azerbaijan is in an excellent position to cater to high volumes of tourists seeking authentic local experiences.
Azerbaijan is a country of great ambition, diverse culture, and world-class infrastructure. The rich cultural heritage, welcoming spirit, and modern city life will be sure to leave a lasting impression on any guest visiting.