YEREVAN, September 24. / ARKA /. The National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia (NCFA) said it had prevented an Azerbaijani delegation’s attempt to distribute anti-Armenian propaganda materials amongst the participants and visitors of JATA International Tourism Forum in Tokyo, Japan, from September 20-to September 23.
It said it had requested the organizers of the exhibition to address the Azeri provocation and eradicate the offensive materials. The JATA authorities responded promptly and the Azeri materials were removed from the exhibition, it said in a press release.
‘The efforts of Azerbaijan, in using international tourism platforms for spreading of anti-Armenian propaganda, were once again nipped in the bud in the face of our vigilant counteraction,’ the press release said.
A few days ago, the combined booth of Armenia and Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh) at the Top Resa 2012 International Travel Market in Paris suffered damages after the Azerbaijani delegation complained about the participation of Artsakh at the exhibition. Despite this, the booth was entirely restored to its previous condition and all the information on NKR was widely accessible.
The JATA International Tourism Forum in Tokyo, Japan was organized by Japanese Association of Tourist Agents. It is one of the biggest events in Asian travel industry. JATA is attended by tourism organizations and government representatives from more than 150 countries.
NCFA's participation in this major exhibition aimed to promote the representation of Armenia as a tourism destination on the Asian market; while also establishing new tourism partnerships to promote tour packages and contribute to the growth of inbound tourism. NCFA delegation conducted meetings with tourism authorities of Japan to discuss the possibilities for bringing the mutual tourism communications to a higher level.
The National Competitiveness Foundation of Armenia is an independent entity founded through a partnership between the Government of Armenia and a group of leading representatives of the private sector. The mandate of the Foundation is to achieve breakthrough development toward national competitiveness in key areas of economic activity. Through public-private partnerships the Foundation mobilizes strategic investments and implements programs vitally important for Republic of Armenia. -0-