Armenia records over million tourist arrivals in 2013 – ministry of economy
YEREVAN, August 14. /ARKA/. The preliminary expert assessments suggest a total of 1.08-1.09 million tourists visited Armenia in 2013, says Mekhak Apresyan, head of tourism department at Armenia’s ministry of economy.
Both better coordinated tourism policy and better recognisability of the country in the world have contributed to this, Apresyan says.
The head of the department says for further progress they will continue their efforts, including through institutional reforms, tourism development concepts and the respective laws, as well as by means of diversified tourism products.
Another aspect is marketing policies that include development of a national brand, familiarization tours for foreign reporters and tour operators to Armenia, participation in international tourism exhibitions, and etc, Apresyan says.
According to the head of tourism department, it is planned to set up an international tour guide training center in Yerevan in cooperation with the WFTGA.
The ministry of economy says 495,967 tourists visited Armenia in the first half of this year, an increase of 17.3% compared to the same period of 2013. Number of Armenian tourists travelling abroad was 474,989+ in the reporting period, a 14.8% increase against the level of the same period 2013. –0--