Azerbaijani Economy 11 january — 12:57

The Straits Times newspaper hails Baku's tourism potential

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Singapore-based The Straits Times newspaper has published an article hailing the tourism potential of Baku on its "Where to go in 2017" page, AzerTAC reports.

Headlined "Old and new in Baku, Azerbaijan", the article says: "Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, is an intriguing gem set between Asia and Europe.

With the country sharing borders with Russia, Georgia, Armenia and Iran, its biggest city, Baku, seems to amplify the heady mix of European and Oriental traditions.

Baku may not be commonly found on the Singaporean bucket list, but travel planning and booking site TripAdvisor announced last month that the city has taken the top spot in Asia, in its Travellers' Choice awards for destinations on the rise.

The popularity of these up-and-coming places is measured by their year-on-year increase in positive TripAdvisor traveller ratings for accommodation, restaurants and attractions. The rise in booking interest is also factored in."

"Baku's must-visit landmarks span old and new.

Its mediaeval walled city, with its symbolic Shirvanshah's Palace and Maiden Tower, is on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The 12th- to 15th-century palace is "one of the pearls of Azerbaijan's architecture", according to UNESCO.

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