All-union and international tourist routes functioned in Azerbaijan were cancelled since 1st quarter of 1990. The war and instable situation on borders led to occurrence of other problems in the system of tourism. For example, 2 of 10 tourism centers in the system of the trade unions left in the occupied territories and other places were accommodated with internally displaced persons. In September 1991 the department on foreign tourism was liquated and Foreign Tourism Council was established in its place under the auspices of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
Only at the end of the 90-es the trends of tourism development were reflected in the legislative acts of the country.
Already at the beginning of the XXI century in Baku, Ganja, Nakhchivan and other regions of the country modern hotels that can accommodate foreign guests operated. More than 100 tourism companies covering all regions of the republic are engaged in accommodation of foreign tourists and servicing local population with tourist services, and 149 hotels have been officially registered. The total amount of beds in those hotels is more than 5000. Private treatment and resort centers with modern level were given for use in the regions suitable for tourism and recreation. The number of foreign tourists visited the republic passed the 1 million people.