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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Foreign tourism expected to surge in Armenia in coming years

Tourism in Armenia is surging, and the number of foreign tourists expected to visit the country is set to reach one million this year.

The number of tourists visiting Armenia is growing from year to year," Marina Kpryan of the Association of Armenian Tour Operators said, ARKA reports. "Last year we had about 800,000 foreign visitors and we expect this number to increase to one million people soon."

She said there has been a rise in tourists from countries such as Germany, Austria, France, Italy, the U.K., Switzerland, Sweden, Spain and Israel. European tourists spend an average of one week in Armenia, with the average cost of a seven-day tour being approximately $1,370.

The number of tourists visiting the country from January through March increased by 20.5 percent over the same period in 2013 to 154,471 people, according to ARKA.

At the same time, the number of Armenian tourists visiting foreign countries in the same period increased by 18.2 percent to 162,073 people.