About half a million tourists traveled to Armenia in first half of 2014
YEREVAN, August 14. /ARKA/. A total of 495,967 tourists visited Armenia in the first half of this year, an increase of 17.3% compared t the same period of 2013, said Mekhak Apresyan, the head of tourism department at Armenia’s ministry of economy.
In the same period about 474,989 Armenian tourists travelled abroad, an increase of 14.8% against H1 2013, according to statistics.
According to Apresyan, factors contributing to increased tourist arrivals are effective cooperation of all involved parties, favorable business environment and investments climate, better access to Armenia on the international tourism market, the favorable visa regime and the ‘open air’ policy in particular.
Development of infrastructures, diversification of tourism products, better recognisability of the country in the world and high level of security in the country have also contributed to the increase, Apresyan said.
The percentage of young tourists (25-36-years old) has grown from 6% in 2006 to 34% due to new tour packages of interest to young people, such as festivals, urban and rural tourism, adventures, alpinism, hiking, and etc., Apresyan said.
The surveys show about 60% of tourists are ethnic Armenians, he said.
About 44% of tourists traveling to Armenia are from Russia, 28% from Georgia, 12-14% from the EU (Germany, France, Italy and Scandinavia) and 7% from Iran.
Armenian tourists traveling abroad prefer seaside vacation and, hence, choose the closest and most affordable Georgian Black Sea resorts. Yet, other destinations, like Egypt, the UAE, Bulgaria, Sri Lanka have become frequent leading to decline in demand for vacation packages to Turkey, Apresyan said. –0--