Azerbaijan has become the winner of the competition "The Best Tourist Directions-2015" held by the National Geographic Traveler magazine in the nomination "Opening of Year", informs Azeri International Newspaper.
The diploma of the winner was handed to Azerbaijan’s ambassador to Russia Polad Bulbuloglu at the rewarding ceremony which took place in Moscow on November 18.
The ambassador noted excellent conditions in Azerbaijan for spending a wonderful holiday both in winter and summer. As an example Bulbuloglu mentioned newly launched Shahdag Winter and Summer Tourism Complex close to the Azerbaijan-Russian border and "Tufandag" ski resort in Gabala. He emphasized beautiful scenery, hospitable people, delicious cuisine, and Absheron’s pearl beaches that call tourist to the Land of Fire. Moreover, Azerbaijan also got the top three winners in the "Culinary tourism" category.
The annual "National Geographic Traveler Awards" contest, attracting 240,000 voters was held in 18 nominations between June 29 and October 31, to determine the best travel destinations for the year and provided information on newer and less popular travel sites.