Zeytuntsyan: Armenia to host 2.5 million tourists before 2020 end
YEREVAN, June 12. /ARKA/. Armenia is expected to attract 2.5 million tourists before the end of 2020, Zarmine Zeytuntsyan, head of the Armenian economic development and integration ministry’s committee in charge of tourism, said Friday at the opening of the 10th DigiTec-2017 forum in Yerevan.
“We will seek this ambitious figure, since we have a huge untapped potential for that, and our key goal is to make our country recognizable,” she said.
She pointed out the biggest obstacles, which hobble development of tourism in the country - the country’s air inaccessibility, the lack of high-quality services and infrastructural problems – improper roads, garbage removal and toilets.
But, despite that, she said, tourism in Armenia is flourishing now – the inflow of tourists grew 5.7% in 2016 and in the first quarter of this year the country accounted for an 18% year-on-year growth.
Zeytuntsyan said tourists from Iran and Russia dominate the inflow. --0----