Land of Fire attracts more tourists this year

AzerNews | May 20, 2019

Azerbaijan is becoming a well-known tourist destination due to the its increasingly growing influence in the global tourism market.  As many as 848,400 tourists and stateless persons from 170 countries visited Azerbaijan in January-April 2019, which is 0.1 percent more compared to the same period in 2018, according to the State Border Service of Azerbaijan.Russia accounts for 27.3 percent of the foreigners who arrived in Azerbaijan during the reporting period, while Georgia accounts for 26.8 percent, Turkey - 11.1 percent, Iran - 8 percent, the UAE - 3.8 percent, Ukraine and India - 1.8 percent each, Pakistan - 1.4 percent, Iraq - 1.3 percent, citizens of other countries - 16.6 percent, and stateless persons - 0.1 percent.Men accounted for 69.5 percent of the visitors, while 30.5 percent were women.

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A revolution in payment control and simplicity, virtual card numbers (VCNs) are the new standard for corporate payments. They are as dramatic an improvement in the way people pay each other as the introduction of cheques in the 17th century or plastic credit cards in the 20th century.

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Optii Solutions | May 02, 2022

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Traxo & International SOS | October 22, 2021

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"As organizations begin to re-open their business travel, travel risk management programs must be revitalized and rooted in effective tools that will protect ALL traveling employees and ensure the business is meeting its requirements for duty of care,The need for travel managers to effectively manage ‘booking leakage’ is more critical now than ever before, making it essential for us to ensure all out-of-policy and supplier-direct bookings can be integrated into our monitoring solutions. -said Andrew Miller, Director of Partnerships at International SOS Partnering with Traxo helps us improve our traveler location awareness capabilities by ensuring that we don’t miss a single itinerary, no matter how it was booked, and the real-time nature of this data can help us prevent or mitigate emergency situations much more effectively. The Traxo pre-trip, booking-data detection solution works in the background by capturing all off-channel bookings immediately after purchase, whether that be a reservation for a hotel, airline, car rental, rail, or ground transportation; or a cancelation or trip modification. That itinerary data is stored in Traxo’s highly secure infrastructure and made available to the corporate travel manager in Traxo’s dashboard application to view and report on. All booking data is automatically passed to International SOS for comprehensive risk management monitoring of all upcoming travel. There is no extra effort required on behalf of the employees or travel managers. We're incredibly pleased to team with the world's largest corporate travel duty-of-care service to provide the ability for all of their clients to improve visibility into all employees’ business travel plans," Fabris noted. 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