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Nagorno-Karabakh: it is worth seeing2012-01-19 11:51
ABC News has put Nagorno-Karabakh into the list of those places on the planet that must be visited in 2012. The popular channel admired Karabakh and recommended the audience to certainly go there. But the Azerbaijanis were outraged by the material, and ABC News had to remove the ads in the unrecognized republic. GTimes decided to figure out is Karabakh worth to spend vacation there.
Initially, the material of the ABC was called "The 7 most unique places worth visiting in 2012". Along with Laos, Chile, Portugal, Australia, Thailand and the Netherlands, it tells us about "the autonomous region, located between Armenia and Azerbaijan."
"Take a horse trek on snow-covered mountains and gallop through the fields of yellow and red flowers. Taste kebabs and roasted vegetables. If you decide to stay at the locals' place, do not be surprised if they offer you a homemade vodka for the breakfast", the article says.
But now the material which is on the channel's website is called differently - "6 most unique places worth visiting in 2012". Karabakh was removed from the list after a wave of indignation on the part of Azerbaijan. The authorities of Azerbaijan asked to clarify the situation, and soon the material was lifted.
Baku celebrates another small victory. "After the quick response of the Azerbaijani side, this provocation was eliminated - ABC News has removed Nagorno-Karabakh from the list of seven distinctive places to visit in 2012. So, instead of halva the Armenian ideologists of provocative and disinformation machine felt a very different taste in their mouths", reviewer of one of the Azerbaijani media happily writes about this.
It is difficult to say whether Baku won by staging a buzz about tourism in Karabakh, since far more people around the world now have paid attention to the disputed territory, after the scandal.
Somehow, by hook or by crook, but the tourism industry develops in Nagorno-Karabakh. 2011 was a stunningly successful for the country. The number of tourists has doubled close to ten thousand a year. That's a lot, especially for Nagorno-Karabakh, which is separated from the main track and cities by hundreds of kilometers. The infrastructure is constantly evolving. There have already been opened 32 hotels. Of course, not "Sheraton" or "Hilton", but the hotels are quite decent.