STEPANAKERT—The popular travel website, Tripadvisor.com, has listed the Nagorno Karabakh Republic as a destination, providing information about hotels, tourist attractions, and other accommodations.
Tripadvisor.com provides detailed travel information for thousands of destinations around the world in several languages. Much of the website’s content is user generated.
The head of Azerbaijan’s tourism ministry has expressed anger at Tripadvisor’s decision. Vugar Shikhmammadov told Azeri news agency APA that his ministry will protest the website for its action.
The minister also suggested that hotels in Artsakh must somehow adhere to Azerbaijani laws, saying, “We will ask them to remove hotels currently operating without a license in Nagorno-Karabakh from the website.”
Paradoxically, the Azeri consulate in Los Angeles partook in an LA Times travel show last month in which it advertised Nagorno Karabakh as a destination for tourists.