ArmInfo. The capital of Armenia entered the top 10 cities of the CIS, popular with Russian tourists for travel in the fall of 2017. This is stated in the rating compiled by the analytical agency TurStat.
Top 10 most popular tourist cities of the CIS in autumn 2017 are Minsk, Astana, Baku, Yerevan, Almaty, Tashkent, Ashgabat, Kiev, Chisinau and Bishkek. The rating is based on the results of the analysis of the data of online booking systems for accommodation facilities for tourists.
According to Turstat, tourists visit Minsk in the autumn on average for 2.5 days and spend on living $ 70 per day. Astana comes for an average of 2 days ($ 85 per day), Baku - 3 days ($ 78 per day), Yerevan - 3 days ($ 67 per day), Almaty - 3.5 days ($ 65 per day), Tashkent - 2 days ($ 43 per day), Ashgabat - 3 days ($ 40 per day), Kiev - 2 days ($ 56 per day), Chisinau - 1 day ($ 35 per day) and Bishkek - 1 day ($ 32 per day).
The most inexpensive cities of the CIS are tourists - Bishkek and Chisinau, and the most expensive cities of the CIS are Astana and Baku.
It should be noted that for the first half of 2017, growth in the tourism sector of Armenia amounted to 24.7%. The number of visits of foreign citizens to Armenia in the first half of this year exceeded 1.3 million. In TOP-3, the number of entries to Armenia included citizens of Russia, Georgia and Iran. At the same time, during the reporting period the number of visits by Russian citizens increased by 33.7% to 241 thousand.
The second place was strengthened for the citizens of Georgia, the number of visits exceeded 151 thousand, with an increase of 11% per annum. And the top three Iranian leaders are closing, with the number of visits to 89.8 thousand, which is 27.4% more than last year. In particular, in the TOP-10 entered the entrances of US citizens (17.5 thousand), Ukraine (12.7 thousand), the Philippines (10.9 thousand), Germany (7.8 thousand), France (7.6 thousand), India (4.3 thousand .) and Poland (4.3 thousand). According to the government program until 2020, Armenia intends to annually visit about 3 million tourists.