The programs directed at tourism development in the capital have been introduced

During the meeting with the journalists the head of the division of tourism of the Department of Culture and Tourism of the Yerevan Municipality Maria Baraghamyan introduced the programs of 2012 directed at tourism development in the capital and the plans for 2013.

It was mentioned that in accordance with statistical data Yerevan had more than 600 thousand visitors last year and a significant part of them were tourists. This fact proves that the interest towards Yerevan as a tourist city is growing. Particularly big number of tourists was recorded during "Erebuni-Yerevan" celebration and on the festive days dedicated to declaration Yerevan World Book Capital.

Today the division which has been functioning for only a year and a half is carrying out activities directed at presenting Yerevan at the international scene as a city of tourism interest. With this aim an active cooperation is being developed with sister and partner cities attracting tourist companies as well. As a result of a round table held in St Petersburg a number of agreements were made regarding tourism development and experience exchange in this sphere.

Maria Baraghamyan noted that a competition for tourism logo was announced at Iyerevan.am till March 15 and everyone can present corresponding suggestions. The suggestions approved by the residents best of all will be discussed in corresponding subdivisions of Yerevan Municipality and the tourism logo will be selected.

To get information on cultural and entertainment events an experimental version of new interactive informational system has been installed in the capital since November which gives the opportunity to operate the system without touching the device, just with hand movement and get information on the places and the time of holding events.

To make tourism in the capital more active and interesting "City Tour" tourism program provides thousands of tourists with double-deck buses to tour about the streets of the capital and get acquainted with historical and cultural monuments getting the information in 6 languages. This year the frames of the program are to be expanded with new routes and new languages.

It was also mentioned that today the Municipality is also interested in info-tours arrangement.

The head of the tourism division stressed that all the city programs directed at formation of external look of the capital and at convenience maintenance directly contribute to tourism development as well.

"Yerevan Mayor Taron Margaryan has stressed many times the principle of making Yerevan more comfortable for its residents is among the most important programs to be implemented and to put this principle in life various programs are implemented in the administrative districts. We think that this comfortableness is also important for the guests, therefore it contributes to the growth of the number of tourists", said Maria Baraghamyan.

In 2012 new guide-books were issued including the album of 3D photos «A window to Yerevan» presenting the monuments and historical and cultural sights. Maps for easier and faster orientation in Yerevan are being prepared for publication.

"In 2013 the creation of Tourism Information Center will be among the most important and strategic projects. In this way tourists will be able to apply to the  center with any question concerning them and get appropriate assistance", said the head of tourism division of the Department of Culture and Tourism of the Yerevan Municipality.