ArmInfo. Yerevan ranked second in the list of the best destinations for Russian tourists in the autumn of 2017. "The capital of Armenia is an option for those who like to eat deliciously. Gourmets are waiting for shish kebab, hash, chuchela and, of course, the famous cognac "Ararat">, noted in the list compiled by the experts of the Euromag tourism publication and the search resoucrce for Avia sales air tickets. "In Yerevan, you can not miss the Blue Mosque and the atmospheric area of Kond - a piece of the old city." Prices for air tickets start from 9,140 rubles, "the experts of the newspaper note, in addition to Yerevan, Munich, Nice, Budapest and Madrid also appeared in the list of recommendations.
Previously, the Internet portal Aviasales.ru reported that in the summer of 2017 the flow of Russian tourists in Armenia increased by 37%, which allowed Armenia to enter the top 7 countries where Russian citizens spent summer vacation. According to Zarmine Zeituntsyan, chairman of the State Tourism Committee, Armenia hopes to increase the number of tourists from the Russian Federation by 30-50% by allowing the Russians to enter the country by internal passport in 2017. According to her, in 2016, more than 450,000 tourists from Russia visited Armenia. "The record was in 2014, almost 470 thousand tourists from Russia, and in 2012 - 350 thousand." In 2015, due to currency fluctuations, the tourist flow fell to 443,000, but last year we again began to grow, " she added.
Recall that Russian citizens from February 23, 2017 can visit Armenia on internal civil passports. The corresponding document was signed following the official visit of the Prime Minister of Armenia Karen Karapetyan to Russia in late January. The procedure according to which Russian citizens can come to Armenia on internal passports operates only at Zvartnots (Yerevan) and Shirak (Gyumri) airports, because Georgia does not accept Russian tourists on internal passports, and as a consequence they can not to visit Armenia by land transport.