ANOTHER TWO ECOTOURIST ROUTES TO BE AVAILABLE IN "DILIJAN" NATIONAL PARK THIS YEAR

Noyan Tapan
Feb 29 2008

YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 29, NOYAN TAPAN. Major work on restoration of two
ecotourist routes (Dilijan-Parz Lich - 10 km, Parz Lich-Goshavank 8
km) in "Dilijan" national park will start in late March. During the
restoration work, guide and information signs will be placed along
the ecotourist paths and picnic places will be built, NT correspondent
was informed by Arevik Kyokhian, PR coordinator of the USAID-financed
Competitive Armenian Private Sector (CAPS) program that assists with
implementation the "Dilijan" national park development program.

According to her, the restoration of tourist routes in "Dilijan"
national park began in 2007 when two routes were cleaned and provided
with guide signs. There are over 1,000 plant and animal species,
various historical and architectural monuments in the park but there
is still much to be done to make the park more attractive to tourists,
offer high-quality services and infrastructures and train guides.

A. Kyokhian said that on February 28 nine tourist guides from Dilijan
were certified as guides meeting the standards of the World Federation
of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA). The courses and certification
process were organized by the the Guild of Armenian Tourist Guides
and "Dilijan" national park with the assistance of the CAPS. Four of
these guides already work in the national park. 13 people attended
the courses.