YEREVAN, October 18. /ARKA/. Armenia is able to attract large flows of tourists from Russia, Novosti-Armenia News Agency quoted Alexander Rad’kov, head of Russia’s Federal Tourism Agency, as saying Thursday in Yerevan after attending a session of the tourism council of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
“Armenia has plenty to offer at the Russian market,” Rad’kov said. “First of all, this is a rich cultural and historic legacy.”
He said Armenia can become a popular destination for religious pilgrims, “since Armenia embraced Christianity far earlier than old Russia – there are unique Christian monuments in Armenia”.
Rad’kov also said that Armenia may be an interesting destination for lovers of ski resorts, those who would like to learn about its rural traditions and cuisine.
“Capacity is great, but different thing is that infrastructures are needed,” he said.
Tourism officials from CIS member countries attended the session in Yerevan.
According to Armenian economy ministry’s figures, 281,000 foreign tourists visited Armenia in the first quarter of this year - 5.1% year-on-year growth. -0---