The “Assessing Tourism Potential of Sheki-Zagatala Region of Azerbaijan” paper was developed by “Uluchay” Social-Economic Innovation Center, a Sheki, Azerbaijan based socio-economic think tank with core & institutional support provided by Open Society Foundations and Think Tank Fund. This assessment analyzes tourism potential in Sheki-Zagatala region and contains recommendations for local and national authorities. The assessment illustrates tourism’s importance as an economic activity and analyzes Sheki-Zagatala’s current situation, needs, and recommendations for future development.
This paper was developed based on surveys conducted with tourism operators, entrepreneurs, and consultations with local and regional stakeholders. We also reviewed literature and conducted other forms of indepth research.