ArmInfo.The program for the construction of a ski resort near the city of Vanadzor aims to stimulate the "export of tourism" from Yerevan to the region. This was announced at the April 6 press conference by the Governor of Lori, Artur Nalbandyan.
Nalbandian noted that the program as a whole will contribute to the economic revitalization of the region, creation of new jobs. "Despite the fact that Lori is an industrial region, we have great prospects for the development of tourism.This program fully fits into our strategy for the development of the tourism industry for 2017-2025.The most important is that the ski complex will operate not only in winter , but also in summer.In summer, tourists will be offered alternative leisure options, "- said the governor.
In turn, the Director of Maimeh Resort Mher Baghdasaryan said that about 1600 jobs will be opened in the region through this program. The program itself promotes the development of mountain skiing and ecotourism in Armenia. "Within the framework of this program, new skating rinks will be opened in the alpine village under construction, new hotels, cafes and restaurants will be built, a school for mountaineering will be built, and a language center will be opened in Vanadzor," Baghdasaryan said.
He also noted that the area for the construction of the resort was carefully studied, all indicators were taken into account - the amount of precipitation, solar lighting, and the landscape. "Since not all tourists who come to the ski resorts initially know how to ski, we chose a landscape that will be convenient for beginners and extreme sports lovers.At the top of one of the mountains on which the restaurant will be built, a magnificent view of Ararat, Aragats, Sevan, as well as Elbrus, "Baghdasaryan said.
Baghdasaryan said that at the moment the area on which the resort is built is 584 hectares, however, since this direction of tourism is in demand all over the world, in future it is planned to increase the territory. Investments in this program to date amount to 14.4 billion AMD. According to the director of ZAO Maimeh Resort, the resort will be able to receive about 2,000 tourists a day, which will promote the revitalization of the hotel business in Vanadzor. According to Baghdasaryan, the resort will be ready to receive tourists as early as December 2019.
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