ArmInfo. Armenia intends to develop wine tourism within the framework of the Silk Road. On June 19, Deputy Minister of Economic Development and Investments of the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments Mekhak Apresyan stated during the press conference that Armenia initiated this initiative during the next event of the UN World Tourism Organization.
According to him, the proposal was approved and a number of participants expressed interest in the implementation of this initiative, including the member countries of the Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation and the Silk Road.
Apresyan noted that the strategy of the formation and development of tourism products will be jointly with the UN World Tourism Organization. "However, the promotion of the initiative is entirely the responsibility of Armenia," he stressed.
To date, he said, negotiations are under way with the partners from the Smithsonian Institution in the framework of the My Armenia program regarding the strategy for the development of the concept.
Meanwhile, according to economic experts of ArmInfo, the concept of the development of wine tourism for Armenia is similar, for example, to the idea of opening a seaworthy school in the country without access to the sea and smacks of open provincialism, distinguished by a narrow outlook and a lack of erudition, which threatens the international image of the country, to ridicule. In the opinion of observers, it is time for the Armenian tour agency to develop its own marketing platform and not engage in frank and illiterate plagiarism. The idea to turn Armenia into a world center of religious tourism is also a lame approach. Not because there are few ancient monasteries and churches in Armenia, but because there are, in fact, no centers for world religious pilgrimage.