BEKOR PAPAZYAN: FIRST HOTELS AT TATEV MONASTERY TO BE OPENED BY 2013

PanARMENIAN.Net
August 24, 2010 - 17:33 AMT 12:33 GMT

Executive Director of the National Competitiveness Foundation of
Armenia Bekor Papazyan said that the first hotels at Tatev monastery
complex will be opened by 2013. Meanwhile, it is planned to increase
the number of tourists and develop the southern corridor from Noravank
to Goris by that time, Papazyan told a press conference.

Referring to reasons of high prices for hotel services in Armenia, he
pointed to low demand in this field. "If a sharp growth is recorded
in the number of tourists, the number of hotels will also increase,
facilitating competition, while large businessmen will prefer the
policy of availability, earning money due to great number of visitors,"
said Papazyan.

For his part, Vice Chairman of the Association of Hotels of Armenia
Hakob Hakobyan noted that in other tourist countries, like Turkey
and Georgia, where Armenian tourists prefer to spend their vacations,
the tax field is more favorable for tourism development.

Meanwhile, Chairman of the Association of Tour Operators of Armenia
Robert Minasyan noted that Armenia's hotels are occupied only by
25-30%, as prices are unreasonable and it scares tourists.




From: A. Papazian