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    There were tourists who have cancelled their visit to Armenia because
    of the April war

    June 9 2016

    To the question of Aravot.am about the number of tourists reduced
    because of the April war, today, at the press conference organized at
    the Club of Economic Journalists, the Head of the Union of Incoming
    Tour Operators of Armenia, Karine Davoyan said that right after the
    war there were tourists who had temporary cancelled their visit to
    Armenia. However, Mrs. Davoyan believes that today, the existing
    problems in the tourism industry to Armenia are not related to the
    April war. The poor roads condition in Armenia, the lack of toilets,
    high ticket prices for the buses are number one obstacles for the
    development of tourism in our country, said Mrs. Davoyan. In her
    words, the tour operators have raised these problems thousands of
    times before the ministries of economy and transport and their
    responsible persons, but the mentioned problems are not solved in any
    way, “The roads are in terrible condition. We already feel
    uncomfortable to talk about the toilets, we walk with the tourists for
    hours and cannot provide with a toilet.”

    Karine Davoyan also said that Armenia, unlike Azerbaijan and Georgia,
    is represented to the world very little, “Azerbaijan’s and Georgia’s
    ads are always broadcast by CNN, while Armenia – is not. If we say
    that tourism is the main direction in our country, we need to spend
    money for it.” The Chairman of the Union, referring to high costs of
    the tickets, said that it influences on the cost of the tour packages,
    “Because of the ticket prices, the package may vary by 200 euros. Very
    often it is explained that the plane is half empty in the directions
    to and from, but when the plane it full, anyway, the ticket does not
    get cheaper.”

    Robert Minasyan, Rector of the Armenian Institute of Tourism,
    attending the press conference said that the tourism is a highly
    sensitive industry, and it quickly responds when there is a problem
    with security, “The neighboring Iraq is in war, many people think that
    Armenia is also in war.” According to Robert Minasyan, there are 7
    billion people in the world, of which one billion is traveling.
    According to him, the wishes and requirements of the tourists have
    been changed, but we are not walking in tune with them, “We need to
    introduce new packages, but there are no new packages. More tourists
    travel to Azerbaijan, Georgia rather than to Armenia.”

    Lusine BUDAGHYAN
    https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2...PrK-ru_6E7Q&e=
    Hayastan or Bust.

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    • Re: Armenia's Economic Pulse

      Originally posted by Haykakan View Post
      There were tourists who have cancelled their visit to Armenia because
      of the April war

      June 9 2016

      To the question of Aravot.am about the number of tourists reduced
      because of the April war, today, at the press conference organized at
      the Club of Economic Journalists, the Head of the Union of Incoming
      Tour Operators of Armenia, Karine Davoyan said that right after the
      war there were tourists who had temporary cancelled their visit to
      Armenia. However, Mrs. Davoyan believes that today, the existing
      problems in the tourism industry to Armenia are not related to the
      April war. The poor roads condition in Armenia, the lack of toilets,
      high ticket prices for the buses are number one obstacles for the
      development of tourism in our country, said Mrs. Davoyan. In her
      words, the tour operators have raised these problems thousands of
      times before the ministries of economy and transport and their
      responsible persons, but the mentioned problems are not solved in any
      way, “The roads are in terrible condition. We already feel
      uncomfortable to talk about the toilets, we walk with the tourists for
      hours and cannot provide with a toilet.”

      Karine Davoyan also said that Armenia, unlike Azerbaijan and Georgia,
      is represented to the world very little, “Azerbaijan’s and Georgia’s
      ads are always broadcast by CNN, while Armenia – is not. If we say
      that tourism is the main direction in our country, we need to spend
      money for it.” The Chairman of the Union, referring to high costs of
      the tickets, said that it influences on the cost of the tour packages,
      “Because of the ticket prices, the package may vary by 200 euros. Very
      often it is explained that the plane is half empty in the directions
      to and from, but when the plane it full, anyway, the ticket does not
      get cheaper.”

      Robert Minasyan, Rector of the Armenian Institute of Tourism,
      attending the press conference said that the tourism is a highly
      sensitive industry, and it quickly responds when there is a problem
      with security, “The neighboring Iraq is in war, many people think that
      Armenia is also in war.” According to Robert Minasyan, there are 7
      billion people in the world, of which one billion is traveling.
      According to him, the wishes and requirements of the tourists have
      been changed, but we are not walking in tune with them, “We need to
      introduce new packages, but there are no new packages. More tourists
      travel to Azerbaijan, Georgia rather than to Armenia.”

      Lusine BUDAGHYAN
      https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2...PrK-ru_6E7Q&e=
      I was seeing flocks of tourists even during the 4-Day War. Right now the center of Yerevan is full of tourists.

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      • Re: Armenia's Economic Pulse

        Originally posted by armnuke View Post
        I was seeing flocks of tourists even during the 4-Day War. Right now the center of Yerevan is full of tourists.
        Yeh this is one of the best times to be there. The apricots should be ready now and not too hot yet. Fall is good to with grapes and other harvests and again cooler temps. I find the summers in Yerevan way too hot!
        Hayastan or Bust.

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          yea, cherries and apricots started, the heat waves did not start yet.

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            Economy ministry expects five percent rise in the number of foreign tourists this year

            YEREVAN, June 10. /ARKA/. The number of foreign tourists visiting Armenia is expected to grow by 5 per cent this year, according to Mekhak Apresyan, head of an economy ministry department overseeing tourism industry.

            Speaking to a news conference today he said the number of foreign tourists visiting Armenia in the first quarter of this year grew by almost 9 percent to 252,000 people.

            "We were registering an annual growth of about 10% for several years, with the exception of last year when their number declined by 1%, largely, due to the dramatic depreciation of the Russian ruble.

            However, the flow of Russian tourists to Armenia is restoring. In the first quarter we recorded an increase of almost 10% if compared to the first quarter of 2015," Apresyan said, adding that the bulk of foreign tourists are from the EU countries, Georgia and Iran.

            According to him, in the first quarter of 2016 the number of tourists from Iran soared by 40%. He added that despite the latest upsurge in violence in and around Nagorno-Karabakh, the number of tourists did not fall.

            According to him, in addition to traditional, historical and cultural tourism, travel agencies are working to boost winter, extreme, gastronomy, wellness, festival and hiking tourisms.

            In 2015 Armenia was visited by 1.192 million foreign tourists. -0-

            http://arka.am/en/news/tourism/econo...sts_this_year/

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              Armenian Government Fires Vice-Ministers To Save Money

              The Armenian government has laid off three deputy ministers of agriculture as part of a major cost-cutting drive that was announced by Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamian last month.

              Abrahamian’s office announced the dismissals of Grisha Baghiyan, Samvel Galstian and Garnik Petrosian on Thursday evening. The Ministry of Agriculture confirmed that nobody will be appointed in their place.

              Agriculture Minister Sergo has had five deputies until now, more than most other cabinet members.

              The layoffs came one month after Abrahamian said the government should streamline its expenditures, downsize many of its agencies, step up its declared fight against corruption and improve the domestic business environment. Armenia, he said, must become a “more efficient state” in order to successfully cope with “new challenges” emanating from the unresolved Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.

              The premier referred to the April 2-5 hostilities in Karabakh which heightened the risk of a full-scale Armenian-Azerbaijani war.

              Later in May, the government decided to decommission almost 800 cars used by its senior officials and other public sector employees. But it has yet to determine the scale of the planned staff cuts. Nor is it clear how much money the government will save as a result of these measures.

              Deputy Finance Minister Pavel Safarian admitted that the anticipated cost-saving will not be massive. “This is more of a moral issue,” Safarian said. He also insisted that the government, whose budget for this year is equivalent to roughly $3 billion, has not wasted public funds.

              http://www.azatutyun.am/content/article/27790863.html

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                The U.S. will Support Armenia to Weaken Economic Dependency from Russia

                The issue of economic assistance to Eurasia in 2017 has been covered in the U.S. Congress, VOA informs.

                The United States will help Armenia to improve economic condition and integrate into the South Caucasus energy system. Thomas Melia, USAID’s Assistant Administrator for Europe and Eurasia, stated this in Washington D.C.. Touching upon hearings in the Congress Melia introduced foreign aid priorities in the period of 2017:

                “Our economic assistance directed to Armenia will allow the latter to decrease economic dependency from Russia. It’ll also allow Armenia to integrate into regional energy systems. Some part will be directed to strengthening of local self-governance inside the country.”

                Based on the state budget draft bill by the White House, economic assistance directed to Armenia in 2017 will grow by 22%, thus comprising USD 22 million. Besides, the U.S. will direct more than USD 3 million for the development of Armenia’s military and legal systems. Many of the U.S. legislatives, however, still anticipate to considerably increase economic assistance provided to Armenia during the budget hearings. Congressman Dana Rohrabacher stressed that the U.S. has a crucial feature—consciousness of sharing with others.

                “I have always been proud with generosity of the American people, they are always ready to stretch a hand for the needy people, even if they have never met them.”

                Alina Romanowski, Coordinator for U.S. Assistance to Europe and Eurasia, during the hearings introduced the four main directions of economic assistance in the territory of Eurasia. In particular, they include strengthening of countries’ independence and sovereignty, helping countries to defend from external pressure, fight against corruption and provision of rule of law, strengthening of democracy and protection of freedom of speech, as well as maintenance of peace.

                “The fourth priority of the U.S. economic assistance is provision of peace for the countries of the region, which has appeared under a serious threat.”

                By the way, economic assistance directed to Azerbaijan is twice less than that allocated to Armenia, which is mainly directed to the development of democracy and open society. According to the representative of the U.S. International Development Agency, Azerbaijan’s serious regress in that field was taken into account while making the decision.

                http://en.168.am/2016/06/11/7913.htm...RbISk.facebook

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                  US policy has been horrible towards Armenia for a long time. It is about time something good happened.
                  Hayastan or Bust.

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                  • Re: Armenia's Economic Pulse

                    Iran proposing new railway plan including Armenia, economist

                    13:45 • 16.07.16

                    Iran proposes a new railway communication project connecting the
                    country with Europe through Armenia, according to an economist.

                    At a news conference on Saturday, Ashot Yengibaryan said that the
                    proposed route will extend from the Islamic Republic to Armenia and
                    Georgia in the south and Bulgaria and Greece in the west.

                    He added that experts recently discussed the project in Bulgaria’s
                    capital, Sofia, to consider the priorities and objectives.

                    As for Armenia, the economist noted that the country remains somewhat
                    isolated from regional developments. “Geopolitically, the perspective
                    markets for Armenia are in the Middle East and Europe rather than
                    Russia. Hence, Armenia’s transport routes must be integrated into
                    those territories. Armenia has seen very little changes, whereas the
                    changes in the neighboring states have been considerable. They have
                    alternative choices as they are integrated into other economic areas;
                    Armenia is ruled by the Soviet regime, which blocks the country’s
                    chances of development. So the railway is a necessary factor for
                    Armenia,” he said.

                    The economist noted that the limited transport communications decrease
                    the country’s attractiveness also in terms of investments. “Armenia
                    shares the same integration area with Georgia, hence there isn’t
                    absolutely an essential difference. [Products] may be manufactured in
                    Armenia and exported through Georgia; however, given the different
                    regimes, functioning legally in Armenia and Georgia, there are
                    investment-related risks.”

                    Yengibaryan cited the lifting of sanctions against Iran as another
                    factor contributing to regional rearrangements. “Russia has no
                    interest in Iran’s involvement in regional deals, but regardless of
                    its desire, it is important to take Iran into consideration as it
                    creates new opportunities in the region,” he explained.

                    https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2...WiOGRcJx_Cc&e=
                    Hayastan or Bust.

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                    • Re: Armenia's Economic Pulse

                      Originally posted by Haykakan View Post
                      Iran proposing new railway plan including Armenia, economist

                      13:45 • 16.07.16

                      Iran proposes a new railway communication project connecting the
                      country with Europe through Armenia, according to an economist.

                      At a news conference on Saturday, Ashot Yengibaryan said that the
                      proposed route will extend from the Islamic Republic to Armenia and
                      Georgia in the south and Bulgaria and Greece in the west.

                      He added that experts recently discussed the project in Bulgaria’s
                      capital, Sofia, to consider the priorities and objectives.

                      As for Armenia, the economist noted that the country remains somewhat
                      isolated from regional developments. “Geopolitically, the perspective
                      markets for Armenia are in the Middle East and Europe rather than
                      Russia. Hence, Armenia’s transport routes must be integrated into
                      those territories. Armenia has seen very little changes, whereas the
                      changes in the neighboring states have been considerable. They have
                      alternative choices as they are integrated into other economic areas;
                      Armenia is ruled by the Soviet regime, which blocks the country’s
                      chances of development. So the railway is a necessary factor for
                      Armenia,” he said.

                      The economist noted that the limited transport communications decrease
                      the country’s attractiveness also in terms of investments. “Armenia
                      shares the same integration area with Georgia, hence there isn’t
                      absolutely an essential difference. [Products] may be manufactured in
                      Armenia and exported through Georgia; however, given the different
                      regimes, functioning legally in Armenia and Georgia, there are
                      investment-related risks.”

                      Yengibaryan cited the lifting of sanctions against Iran as another
                      factor contributing to regional rearrangements. “Russia has no
                      interest in Iran’s involvement in regional deals, but regardless of
                      its desire, it is important to take Iran into consideration as it
                      creates new opportunities in the region,” he explained.

                      https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2...WiOGRcJx_Cc&e=

                      I have been trying to confirm this through other sources without luck.

                      However I came across this which contradicts the Armenian source.

                      http://www.presstv.com/Detail/2016/0...link-to-EU----

                      .
                      Politics is not about the pursuit of morality nor what's right or wrong
                      Its about self interest at personal and national level often at odds with the above.
                      Great politicians pursue the National interest and small politicians personal interests

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