TEHRAN (Tasnim) – About 35,000 Iranian tourists visited Armenia in the first half of this year, said Mekhak Apresyan, the head of tourism department of Armenia’s ministry of economy.t
A total of 495,967 tourists have come to Armenia in the first half of 2014, showing an increase of 17.3% compared to the same period last year, Apresyan stated.
About 44% of the tourists are from Russia, 28% from Georgia, 12-14% from the EU (Germany, France, Italy and Scandinavia) and 7% from Iran.
The number of Iranian tourists visiting Armenia had been steadily on the rise for years.
Armenia and Iran have already unveiled plans to sign a memorandum on cooperation in the field of tourism.
“Iran is an important market for us. This country is not only our neighbor, but we have good neighborly relations with it, which is important for the sphere. Armenia is more accessible and affordable for them and with this new memorandum we will expand and intensify our cooperation in the sector,” said Head of the Department of Tourism at Armenia’s Ministry of Economy Mekhak Apresyan back in July.
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