THE FINANCIAL TIMES REFERS TO ARMENIA'S HISTORY AND TOURISM PROSPECTS

ARMENPRESS
NOVEMBER 1, 2010
YEREVAN

YEREVAN, NOYEMBER 1, ARMENPRESS: The correspondent of British
authoritative "Financial Times" daily, visiting Armenia has presented
to the foreign language reader an article about Armenia. The complex
of Tatev reopened in Armenia recently is presented in it, pointing
out that once it was an outstanding center of education for thousands
of people.

"To reach the temple of Tatev we made one-hour tour in the mountains,
first crossing the Satan Bridge and then going back to Tatev ,"
the author writes, " The longest funicular railway opened here at he
beginning of the month, linking Tatev with Halidzor village."

The funicular railway which has an opportunity of transporting 25
passengers at the same time goes with strength of 23 miles. Twenty
thousand visitors are expected to be transported to Tatev heights
annually, reaching the road duration 11 minutes.

The first round of the project which costs 36 million Euros has been
implemented by an Austrian-Swiss company. This is a symbolic process
throughout the whole Armenia - roads, hotels and other tour equipments
are being repaired, helping to open the country for visitors," the
author of the article noted, recalling his first visit to Armenia. He
first visited Armenia in 1990s.

"These were the first years after the earthquake and after the
country's independence; the war with Azerbaijan had ruined the economic
state of the country. There was almost no connection between the
capital and remote places of Armenia. Nevertheless, today's economic
development of the country and the active road construction promote
development of tourism. Numerous foreign companies make investments
in constructing resorts and hotels," he wrote. Among the picturesque
sites of Armenia the newspaper has singled out Jermuk, Dilijan,
the neighborhood of Lake Sevan and Lori.

Thoroughly presenting the history and culture of Armenia, beginning
from adoption of Christianity in 301 and invention of the alphabet
to Persian, Arabic and Turkish invasions and to the Armenian Genocide
committed in the Ottoman Turkey in 1915, the Financial Times concluded,
"Religion and language are the cornerstones of defense of the Armenian
identity".




From: A. Papazian