Armenian government has set a target of 1 million visitors by 2014

Sona Hakobyan

The twelfth international Caucasus Travel Show was held in Yerevan on March 1 and 2. This year’s event featured 75 exhibitors, of which 58 are from the 11 provinces of Armenia.

Since 1999, the CTS has served as a meeting place for local tour operators and other representatives of the sector to establish new partnerships.

Speaking about the significance of the exhibition, President of the Armenian Union of Travel Agents Simon Khachatryan noted that time has come for tourism to be of regional character instead of developing in one concrete country.

Besides tour operators, exhibitors include travel agencies, hotels and resorts, airlines, tourism educational institutions, NGOs, tourism-related magazines and information agencies.

Head of the USAID Enterprise Development and Market Competitiveness (EDMC) Project Bruno Cornelio notices improvement of the exhibition year by year.

“Our goals are increased employment, increased incomes and increased exports. As you know the government has set a target of 1 million visitors by 2014,” he said.

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