The organisation of Baku Shopping Festival has been assigned to Azerbaijan Convention Bureau
Huge efforts have been taken in recent years by the government to ensure the development of the non-oil sector in Azerbaijan. The Decree of the President of Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev, entitled “On additional measures aimed to tourism development” and dated September 1, 2016 opened up new horizons in the future development of this sector.
According to the Decree, one of the envisaged events under this initiative is the Baku Shopping Festival to be held in the capital city. The intended annual festival will take place later this year from April 10 to May 10 in Baku.
Baku Shopping Festival is expected to contribute to business development in the country, as well as increase income flow from tourism, and has already caused interest in many neighbouring countries. In particular, tourists and consumers visiting for the Festival is expected to increase from Russia, Kazakhstan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, Iran, Turkey, Georgia and other countries.
The organization of the festival has been assigned to the Azerbaijan Convention Bureau under the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan. The Bureau’s personnel and specialists are working hard without holidays and weekends to ensure the most efficient organization of the Festival possible.
A number of steps have already been taken to prepare for the Festival. The official website of the festival – www.bakushopfest.com – will be in Azerbaijani, English, Russian, Persian and Arabic. The website contains all necessary information about participant registration, FAQs for tourists and buyers and a general overview of the Baku Shopping Festival.
The Presidential Decree dated February 20, 2017 on the approval of “The Procedure of VAT Refund for Non-Production and Non-Commercial Goods Purchased by Physical Persons in Azerbaijan during Trade Festivals” will significantly contribute to the organization of the festival at the highest level.
The VAT refund procedure will be implemented at participating points of sale (participating businesses and entrepreneurs) during the Baku Shopping Festival. Citizens of Azerbaijan will be able to benefit from the VAT refund program only if they buy goods from participants and businesses who submitted the form on the website of the Baku Shopping Festival and registered at the Ministry of Taxes of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Participants of the Festival will have special Tax Free signs in their shops.
In order to make the Festival more interesting and attractive, everyday entertainment activities will be held in shopping malls, Fountains Square and the Seaside National Park. At these events, DJs and animators performances, concert programs, flash mobs, mascots parade, dances, and acrobat shows will be organized.
During the Festival information booths will be set up on the central streets, hotels and shopping malls throughout the capital city. A Call Centre will also be launched to serve tourists, local residents, partners, sponsors, points of sale, buyers and other Festival participants. The Call Centre will be available to give information in Azerbaijani, English and Russian every day from 08.00 to 00.30.
Entrepreneurs have the chance to offer their products to thousands of tourists and local residents upon registration as Festival participants on the official website of the Festival.
The Azerbaijan Convention Bureau would like to invite all citizens of Azerbaijan and foreign tourists to benefit from the offerings of the festival.