STEPANAKERT (Arka)— The number of foreign tourists visiting Nagorno-Karabakh in the first 11 months of 2015 rose from 14,375 to 16,366, according to Deputy Economy Minister Sergey Shahverdyan, adding that these figures do not include residents of Armenia.
Shahverdyan said that the official number of non-Armenian tourists visiting Nagorno-Karabakh stood at about 5,000 in 2007. It grew steadily in the following years until falling by 11 percent in 2014.
Shahverdyan said in order to create a favorable environment and promote tourism, Karabakh authorities showcased its tourism industry in a series of tourism fairs, festivals and forums held in Armenia.
The Karabakh authorities also organized a meeting with Russian travel agencies during the Days of Artsakh event in Moscow, Russia, to present their tourism attractions.
In addition, there were extensive stories about Karabakh’s tourism potential in the European press. Stories were specifically published in the “Italian Corriera Dela Serra”, the “German Die Welt”and the “British Wanderlust”.
In recent new hotels and guesthouses were opened both in the capital Stepanakert and Shushi.