YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–In connection with the 25th anniversary of the well-known Lebanese travel agency Ashchyan Tour–its President Hovsep Ashchyan organized a trip to Armenia for a group of tourists from Lebanon–Canada and Australia. The presentation of the Armenian travel agency Prana–which also assisted in the realization of the trip–also took place at a party in connection with the jubilee on July 27.
Ashchyan and President of the Prana agency Gohar Alexanian signed an agreement on cooperation to develop popular travel routes of Armenia that used to be popular in former times. Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Armenia Ara Petrossian stressed the importance of the agreement as the first one of the kind since Armenia’s independence and hoped that it will be the first step to develop tourism in Armenia.
Ashchyan said that to develop Armenian tourism first of all it is necessary to organize familiarizing trips at the first stage–that is to run some sort of marketing of Armenia as a country of tourism. According to Alexanian–she pins hope on development of eco-tourism in Armenia–alpinist routes and other arrangemen’s.