Tourism & Transport


World Bank ready to extend road improvement project in Armenia
/Sept 24/ARKA/

YEREVAN – Armenia’s Minister of Transport, Communications and Information Technology Ashot Hakobyan received today a World Bank team led by Juan Gavria, WB Transport and ICT Sector Practice Manager.

The minister was quoted by his press office as saying that the World Bank-supported Lifeline Road Network Improvement Project is one of the best projects of the ministry, which was also received with great enthusiasm by the residents of involved communities. 
This project has been implemented for 10 years in two phases: $52 million has been invested in the improvement of about 600 km road infrastructure. Gavria was said to have thanked the government for effective cooperation stressing that the results of the project are very impressive. He said he had visited two communities today morning, involved in the project, to personally get acquainted with the work performed. 
The heads of the communities told him that the final result exceeded their expectations, since in addition to asphalting, safety signs were installed on the roads, marking was done, gas pipelines and water lines were relocated if necessary.
The project is to be over by the end of 2018, but the WB official and the minister looked into the possibility of additional financing to extend it for another year.
Hakobyan said the ministry is ready for long-term cooperation with World Bank, noting that the government has established strict supervision over the quality in the field of road construction and improvement. Giving importance to the role of improving roads in the development of communities, the minister also said that the project will contribute to building a single route network

Armenia among 10 fastest-growing destinations in Europe: Bloomberg
/Sept 24/PanArmenian/

Armenia is among the 10 fastest-growing destinations in Europe, whose tourism according to new data from the UN World Tourism Organization.

France, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom may be among the world’s most frequented vacation hubs—with France taking the global crown with a staggering 86.9 million international tourist arrivals annually—but these already popular places can only stand to grow so much year over year, Bloomberg says.

For instance, French tourism grew by 5.1 percent in 2017, while Moldova saw a visitation spike of 19.6 percent when it welcomed 145,000 visitors last year.

“When you’re talking about these fast-growing destinations in Europe, there’s often a lack of name recognition, compared to more popular countries,” says Warren Chang, chief operating officer for bespoke travel outfitter Cox & Kings’ Americas division. “But so many of these places have robust histories and a really understated romantic feel—plus diversity of culture and beautiful nature.”

Among the destinations Chang expects to surge in 2019 is Armenia; in fact, Cox & Kings is slated to debut a new itinerary pairing the country with Georgia in the next few weeks.

Among the outfitters already serving the destination are Abercrombie & Kent, Ker & Downey, and TCS World Travel, who collectively tout historical riches such as Mt. Ararat (where Noah’s Ark is said to have made landfall), the charming capital of Yerevan, and—yes—its most famous cultural descendants, the Kardashians. On trips with Abercrombie & Kent, guests also get in deep with local traditions: visiting brandy distilleries, meeting carpet makers, hearing spiritual chants in ancient monasteries, and learning to make lavash (a type of local flatbread) with an Armenian family.

Also among the fastest-growing markets are Bosnia & Herzegovina, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Iceland, Turkey, Israel, Georgia and San Marino.

The volume of freight in Armenia in January-August 2018 increased by 11.4% with a decline in passenger traffic by 7.7%
/Sept 30/Arminfo/Alina Oganesyan/

The volume of cargo transportation in Armenia in January-August 2018 to the same period last year increased by 11.4% – up to 19 450.9 thousand tons. Of these, 16,391.5 thousand tons (84.3% of the total) accounted for road transport, with an annual increase of 12.7%. This is evidenced by the data of the RA Statistics Committee.

According to statistical data, rail freight for the reporting period increased by 7% – up to 1 923.5 thousand tons. A total of 1,124.5 thousand tons of natural gas was delivered via the trunk pipeline, which is 1.3% more than in the same period last year. Whereas air transport decreased by 23.5% – to 11.4 thousand tons. Freight turnover increased by 4.3% to 2,811.7 million tons-km.

Passenger traffic during the reporting period decreased by 7.7% – to 121,243.3 thousand people, against a decline of 3.2% a year earlier. With a decrease in road transport by 10.3% – to 103.8 thousand people, rail transportation increased by 5.3% – to 262.9 thousand people, air transport of passengers – by 12.4% to 1 873.1 thousand people, transportation of passengers by electric transport – by 11.5% to 15,297.7 thousand people. Passenger traffic decreased by 5.1% – to 1,649.9 million passenger-km.