Armenia to Be Involved in “Great Silk Road” Tourist Route

YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Armenia will participate in the "Great Silk Road" program implemented by the World Organization of Tourism–Deputy Industry & Trade–Minister of Armenia Ara Petrossian told a news conference on November 11.

According to Petrossian–in fringes of the "Great Silk Road" program international forums were held in Almaty (Kazakhstan) and Tbilisi (Georgia). During the forums the Armenian delegation presented historic facts of Armenia’s "silk" ties and concrete ways of implementation of the program in Armenia. The program–according to Petrossian–will be implemented through combined efforts of state and private sectors.

Petrossian said that currently regional tourist routes traverse Armenia. A total of 7%-8% of tourists who arrived in Armenia last year traveled by Iran-Armenia-Georgia route. He noted that the cost of stay in Armenia totals $700-800 per person.

"Valmet International" organization is currently involved in developing a national tourism program. Petrossian said that under the program an investment of $1 million is planned. In exchange the company will have a priority right to invest in the development of tourism in Armenia. The advertising will be carried out by the Armenia’s Development Agency.

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