YEREVAN, March 1. /ARKA/. More than 75 organizations are attending the 15th Caucasus Travel Show that was launched Friday in Yerevan, Yeghishe Tanashyan, vice-president of the Armenian Association of Travel Agents, said at the opening ceremony.
He said 58 of them are from Armenia and Nagorno-Karabakh Republic and the remaining organizations are from Turkey, Georgia, Greece, Egypt, Argentina and the United Arab Emirates.
Armenian Deputy Economy Minister Ara Petrosyan, who spoke at the ceremony as well, said that this travel fair is the indicator of tourism growth in Armenia – the greater number of participants from the greater number of countries shows considerable progress in Tourism development here.
“This fair also shows that tourism business has already spread out from Yerevan over Armenia’s provinces,” he added.
The deputy minister also stressed that tourism development is among the government’s top-priority objectives.
President of World Federation of Tourists Guides Association Felicitas Wressing, USAID Mission Director in Armenia Karen Hilliard and Argentine Ambassador to Armenia Diego Ernesto Alvarez Rivera welcomed the event participants.
The aim of the show is to spur development of regional tourism, to attract potential clients and to provide necessary information to experts, officials and other concerned entities.
Representatives of foreign travel companies will tour remarkable sites in Armenia and travel packages will be advertised and sold as part of the event.
The program also includes a labor exhibition for Armenian universities’ students and tourism schools’ graduates.
Representatives of hotels, holiday houses, air companies, tourism schools, nongovernmental organizations and media reporters are attending the fair’s events as well.
The 15th Caucasus Travel Show is organized by Armenian Travel Bureau and an Armenian branch of a similar U.S. organization under support from Armenian economy ministry.
The general sponsor is EDMC program of the USAID. -0-