Armenian Tourism Ranks 74th Worldwide

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Azg article about tourism in Armenia attracted a range of comments from the Armenian blogosphere. Oneworld Multimedia reports:

[…]Armenia ranks 74th place out of 124 countries in terms of popular world tourism destinations. Georgia and Russia are the only other CIS countries doing better with positions of 66th and 68th.

The competitiveness of countries in the tourism sphere is defined by three main parameters – corresponding legislation, business are and infrastructures and human, culture and natural resources. Armenia has considerable advantage in legislation (rated 65), natural, human and culture resources (rated 62) and disadvantage in business area and infrastructures (rated 96). Armenia is attractive in sense due to high sanitary and hygiene conditions, the security of tourists and the native people’s welcome for them, as well as suitable prices.
Armenia’s competitiveness mainly suffers from visa regime with the states whose citizens go touring most frequently, problems with nature protection, lack of local air and vehicle transportation infrastructures, etc.[…]

Armenia Blog is unimpressed with the result, saying “a good start would be to offer international-friendly tours to popular destinations.” Hyelog has also looked at the issue, publishing excerpts from the Mediamax news agency (via Banks.am).
Interestingly the discussion on the issue at Oneworld Multimedia is going around the high costs of visiting Armenia (chello), while Nazarian looks at the weakness of the USD against Armenia’s dram and high airfare.

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