POSTED: February 2nd 2012

SPORTS TOURISM: Baku 2020 adds new luxury hotels to boost hospitality

The stunning Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel / Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel
The stunning Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel / Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel

LAURA WALDEN / Sports Features Communications

TAMPA: Six new luxury hotel chains have built landmark accommodations in the Azerbaijani capital, Baku giving the city’s tourism industry a more international boost.

A line up of five star hotels opened recently in the area amplifying by the Hilton, Sheraton, Hyatt, Kempinski and Radisson chains.

The Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel received a visit by President Ilham Aliyev in December 2011 and is slated to open in the spring of 2012.

By the end of the year Marriott, Four Seasons and Fairmont, will open new destinations in the city.

Konul Nurullayeva, CEO of the Baku 2020 Bid Committee, said: “Baku is one of the world’s best-kept secrets. Visitors to Baku are always taken by surprise by its beauty and its friendliness.

“Baku is the perfect blend of old and new, a cultural crossroads. The Old City at the heart of Baku – a UNESCO World Heritage Site – sits alongside modern, state-of-the-art architectural marvels. Baku is an outward-looking high-tech city, fast becoming a global meeting place.

“Our Olympic Bid is part of a wider process of transforming Baku into a world-class destination, with first-class business, technology and sports facilities, as well as hotels, museums and art collections, universities and all the infrastructure that comes with them.

“With the Olympic Movement, together we can reinforce and continue the positive social, economic and infrastructural changes that have already taken place in Baku and Azerbaijan over the past two decades since independence.”

The growth of the luxury hotel industry in Baku is further testimony as to how the foreign investment is targeting the city and area.

Nurullayeva concluded: “Bringing the Olympic Games to Baku will bring together thousands of visitors and hundreds of sportsmen and women. We hope to be able to offer them a warm and generous welcome, but we are already confident that visitors to our beautiful country will have a fantastic experience in the meantime, not least in our fabulous new hotels.” 

Baku is competing to host the 2020 Olympic Games with a number of other world class tourism destinations such as Rome, Madrid, Tokyo, Doha, and Istanbul.

The IOC will decide the host city at the session to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina on September 7th, 2013.

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Keywords · Baku 2020 · Olympic bidding · Jumeirah Bilgah Beach Hotel · President Ilham Aliyev · Hilton · Sheraton · Hyatt · Kempinski · Radisson · Marriott · Four Seasons · Fairmont

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