YEREVAN (RFE/RL)—The number of foreign tourists visiting Nagorno-Karabakh grew 20% in the first five months of 2015 as compared with the same period last year, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Armenian service.
In response to an appeal by the Artsakh Association of Compatriots, some 200 families from Russia and Armenia recently visited Artsakh. The families, many of whom fled the region as a result of the Nagorno-Karabakh war with Azerbaijan, were welcomed by Prime Minister Ara Harutyunyan on June 20, who told reporters that, “The action aims to boost tourism. In our tourism development policy, we attach special importance to tourists of Karabakh descent who come and stay here and do something for Artsakh.”
Chairman of the Artsakh Association, Varuzhan Grigoryan, said he hopes such actions will promote repatriation. Most tourists visiting Artsakh are from Russia, Ukraine, and Armenia.
“We visit Karabakh almost every year. It is the homeland of my husband. We are planning to vacation here for 20 days,” a young woman said.