ArmInfo. The Armenian government intends to implement programs aimed at increasing number of tourists 3-fold within 5 years.According to the presented program considering the current trends the existing tour services will be untied in target packages. Marketing and advertisement campaigns will also be held aimed at raising Armenia's awareness and making it attractive for tourists.
Within 6 months the government intends to introduce quality standards for tourism services and infrastructures, launch pilot program on developing agricultural tourism in 60 rural communities and basing on its results to start national tourism development program. The government also intends to announce tenders on making 5 caves tourism centers, develop tourism strategy "Visit the first Christian country". According to the program in 2017 Armenia will establish facilitated visa regime with a number of countries. A special program will be developed aimed at creating tourism centers near 20 historical cultural monuments or specially protected territories. The document envisages to document 400 historical-cultural monuments located in other countries, to hold 40 large events in regional communities. The government intends to create virtual informational (mobile) systems of museums, to hold 90 cultural events in Armenian communities, assist in organization of 40 programs aimed at promoting national values and 10 programs on raising patriotism.