YEREVAN, June 13. / ARKA /. Armenia's impending membership in the Eurasian Economic Union may have a very positive effect on the development of its tourism industry, said Robert Minasyan, the rector of the Armenian Institute of Tourism.
According to him, it is necessary to conclude mutual agreements with Eurasian Economic Union’s member countries for further development of this sector. He also said some benefits are needed to make vacationing in Armenia more attractive to tourists.
According to official numbers, some 957,240 foreign tourists visited Armenia in 2013, which was 13.5% more than in 2012 (843,330 people). The government released last year 46 million drams for the support of this sector, down from the planned 50 million.
That money was used to finance the participation of Armenian travel agencies and the Tourism Development Agency of Nagorno-Karabakh Republic in tourism fairs in Madrid, Berlin and London. ($ 1 - 413.49) - 0 -