ArmInfo.Armenia is presented at FITUR 2020, the first international tourism exhibition of the year in Spanish capital Madrid. The companies are under one joint pavilion with the support of Tourism Armenia association. Nine experienced incoming tour operators are presenting our country's tourism attractiveness.
According to the report, FITUR 2020 has brought together more than 10.000 tourism companies from 160 countries in one platform. It is expected that the number of field professionals' and exhibition visitors' will exceed 250,000. Armenian incoming tour operators emphasize the opportunities of cultural and gastro tourism while presenting our country's attractions to Spanish and European market partners.
"This year Armenia is presented in one large joint pavilion. Moreover, this year Armenia's "umbrella" gathered not only association member companies, but experienced tourism companies from the industry. This is crucial for presenting our country properly to our international partners and for consolidating, unifying and developing the tourism industry", noted the Chair of Tourism Armenia association Syuzanna Azoyan. Since 1995 Tourism Armenia member companies presented our country in different regions of the world, laying the groundwork for organized tourism development. RA Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Armenian embassy in Spain and the Armenian community have supported to present Armenia at its best in FITUR 2020. The exhibition started on January 22nd and will last 5 days.
It should be noted that according to the results of 9 months of 2019, the flow of tourists by 14.4% was registered in Armenia, which was largely ensured by tourist visits from countries where the average tourist growth was fixed at 30-40%. In the first 9 months of this year, 1.046 million people visited the country, a significant proportion of which are citizens of the Russian Federation - 646 thousand people (an increase of 23.1%). The number of visits by US citizens increased by 18.5%, by 29% by citizens of Lebanon, by 21% by citizens of France, by 30-40% by citizens of Sweden, Switzerland and Greece, and by 23% by citizens of the Netherlands. An increase in the number of visits by South Korean citizens was recorded at 37.6%, China - 42.1% and Japan - 18.5%. The Government of Armenia will allocate 6.3 billion drams for the development of the sphere in 2020.