Strengthening its position as a distinctive and competitive destination for the business events industry, Azerbaijan recently won the bid to host the prestigious 73rd International Astronautical Congress in 2022. The decision was taken at the General Assembly of the International Astronautic Federation in Washington in October. The Congress is expected to attract 6,000 delegates from around the world.
With its modern infrastructure and guest-friendly culture, Azerbaijan is the perfect place to meet and do business.
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Four Seasons Baku[/caption]
This year the country has hosted many notable events including UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee in June, which saw high ranking representatives and government officials from more than 70 countries in attendance. In the same month, Azerbaijan showcased its business events expertise at the UNWTO Executive Council, welcoming tourism, arts and culture ministers and delegates from around the world. Other prestigious events held this year include the World Conference of the International Society for Music Education and the IAEE Eurasian Conference.
Events in the pipeline for next year include the World Net Summit, when 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 female delegates to diverse technical disciplines and encouraging them to pursue their education and profession in computing.
An Eastern country with a Western outlook, Azerbaijan has an exceptional combination of antiquity and novelty with many sites of interest. The country has a rich history dating back five millennia and a culture that has evolved as travellers passed along the Great Silk Road. As such, it is well used to welcoming guests and boasts deep traditions of hospitality and multiculturalism.
Easily accessible with flights from more than 70 destinations across Europe, the Middle East and the United States, the new ASAN visa system offers added convenience with a quick and simple e-visa process.
Venue highlights in Baku
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Heydar Aliyev Centre[/caption]
Baku offers a wide selection of state-of-the-art facilities in which to host events, some of which are iconic and remarkable 21st-century architectural masterpieces. The Baku Convention Centre is an impressive, open-plan venue 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 to rank among 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.
Also equipped to host large receptions, meetings and gala dinners, the Four Seasons Baku, JW Marriott Absheron Baku and Fairmont Baku offer ultramodern facilities. Numerous centrally located venues are ideal for everything from small exclusive meetings and conferences to large-scale exhibitions for up to 68,000 participants.
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 delegate or participant.
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