ArmInfo. In the first half of 2017, the growth in tourism in Armenia was 24.7%. This was stated at the press conference on September 25 by the First Deputy Chairman of the State Tourism Committee of the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments of Armenia Mekhak Apresyan.
At the same time, he admitted that there are certain problems in the sphere of tourism in Armenia, pointing to the unscrupulous work of taxi drivers. Among the pluses, he pointed to the lack of hotel tax and the availability of many new direct flights.
As noted by Apresyan, the Armenian government has already concluded a number of agreements with various countries on creating direct flights, and is also negotiating the attraction of new airlines to the country's market. "The rise in ticket prices was due to the increase in demand towards Armenia and the increase in the number of tourists wishing to visit our country, but this not only did not reduce the number of tourists, but on the contrary we have positive indicators," said Apresyan.
Mekhak Apresyan also spoke about the 22nd meeting of the General Assembly of the UN World Tourism Organization, which was held from 11 to 16 September in the Chinese city of Chantu. The delegation from Armenia headed by the Chairman of the State Tourism Committee of the Ministry of Economic Development and Investments of Armenia Zarmine Zeituntsyan also participated in the meeting. The issue on the draft convention on "Tourism ethics" was on the agenda. A special conference was held to develop the project, in which a delegation from Armenia participated. "On the proposal of the delegation from Armenia, the convention included 2 points, under the number 4 and 9. One of them concerns national minorities, and the other concerns tourism security," said Apresyan.
According to the official, according to the fourth item on national minorities, the delegation from Armenia was invited to respect their culture and give them the opportunity to demonstrate their customs to tourists. Turkey voted against this point, but no one supported it. And according to the 9th point, any country that is currently in an insecure situation for tourists - war, epidemic, unrest in the country, must make a statement about its insecurity. The statement will be compiled by the UN World Tourism Organization in conjunction with the authorities of the country. "This convention has not yet entered into force, but appropriate actions are being taken to implement it," said Apresyan.
In turn, Director of the Tourism Development Fund of Armenia Ara Khalatyan told about the International tourist exhibition "Rest 2017", in which participated tourism operators, the fund for tourism development and winemakers from Armenia.
On September 18, a delegation from Armenia conducted a tasting of wines and national dishes of Armenia. "Various kinds of tourism were presented at the exhibition: extreme tourism, attractions, interesting places, churches, national cuisine, hotels and everything that could attract tourists," Khalatyan said.