Tourism in Armenia
Tourism in Armenia has been a key sector to the Armenian economy since the 1990s as half a million people visit the country every year, mostly ethnic Armenians from the Diaspora. The Armenian Ministry of Economy reports that most of the tourists come from the CIS, particularly Russia and Georgia, EU states, Iran and the US.
Although there is a shortage of resources, Armenia has been investing in new hotels to increase tourism. Outdoor activities and scenery seem to be the primary attractions. Lake Sevan, the world’s largest mountain lake, is a popular summer tourist spot. The Tsakhkadzor ski resort is open for skiing in the winter and hiking and picnicking the rest of the year. Mt. Ararat, the traditional site of the landing of Noah’s Ark, is located in Turkey. Yerevan, Armenia’s capital, also boasts opera, theaters and other cultural attractions.
Tourism has been growing gradually in Armenia since 2000. The Republic of Armenia Ministry of Economy declared that 575,281 tourists visited Armenia in 2009, 3% more than the estimated index for 2008, and 5% growth was predicted for 2010 as the world economy stabilizes. In 2011, Armenia is expecting to receive 800,000 tourists, which is 13% better than last year. Armenia attracts people with its sense of adventure and history. Many new hotels including a Hilton, InterContinental,and Kempinski are set to be built in the capital city, Yerevan as well.
Paragliding in Armenia
Over the last few years, paragliding has developed in Armenia. Armenia has favorable conditions both for independent and tandem flights. Due to the height of the Armenian highland( which is also known as the central part of the Caucasus Mountains), the country has various micro climates which creates’ perfect circumstances for paragliding.The first paragliding flights were held by the members of “Small Aviation Club of Armenia” in 1996. Later, in 2008 was founded The Armenian Paragliding Sport Federation, which members organize paragliding teaching courses nowadays. In Armenia flying season is quite long (the flights are mostly held from may until November). Tandem and free flights are mostly held on the territory of Atis, Aparan and nearby Lake Sevan. Depending on the weather conditions the duration of the flight can last from 7 minutes to 15-20, which mostly build upon the passenger’s desire.
UNESCO World Heritage Site objects
- Monastery of Haghpat and Sanahin — 1996
- Cathedral and Churches of Echmiadzin and the Archaeological Site of Zvartnots — 2000
- Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley — 2000
Monastery of Haghpat
Monastery of Sanahin
The Archaeological Site of Zvartnots
Monastery of Geghard
The Upper Azat Valley
- Economy of Armenia
- Armenian architecture
- Zvartnots International Airport
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