Tourism & Transport


Passenger flow in Zvartnots airport increases 9,3%
/Oct 4/A1+/

In September of the current year, the two airports of the Republic of Armenia served 278 719 people in total, thus exceeding the indicator of the same month of 2017 by 9.3%, Armenia International Airports CJSC – the operator of the airports said in a press release.

As compared to September 2017, a 7.1% increase in passenger flow was observed at Zvartnots International Airport of Yerevan in the 9th month of 2018. In September 2018 Zvartnots served 262 815 passengers against 245 363 of the past September. As for Shirak Airport of Gyumri, this September it served 15 904 passengers, while this indicator was only 9 646 in September 2017. Thus, there has been an increase of 65%.

“Geghard” Monastery and ”Upper Azat Valley” will be under increased protection of UNESCO
/Oct 2/Arminfo/Marianna Mkrtchyan/

The session of the member states of the 1999 Second Protocol to the 1954 Hague Convention on the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict” was held at UNESCO


According to the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Armenia, the bureau meeting discussed the granting of increased protection status to Geghard Monastery and Upper Azat Valley, which are on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Following the discussions, a unanimous decision was made to accept the application and include it in the agenda of the 13th meeting of the 1999 Second Protocol. To recall, the “Monastery of Geghard” and the Upper Valley of the Azat”, are on the UNESCO World Heritage List

Various experts should be involved in excavations of ‘Armenian Stonehenge’, astronomer says
/Oct 5/Panorama/

Astronomer Grigor Brutyan is in favor of the excavations in Armenia’s Zorats Karer (also called Karahunj, Qarahunj or Carahunge and Carenish) prehistoric archaeological site known as ‘Armenian Stonehenge’, but states they should be carried out ‘properly, in observance of all rules and without delays.’

According to the astronomer, who also heads Victor Hambardzumyan House-Museum, the group engaged in excavations should feature not only archaeologists, but also various other experts, including astronomers.

“The monument is supposed to have been used for different purposes, therefore different experts should have an opportunity to express their opinion,” he told 

Brutyan said he had paid a visit to Zorats Karer last Wednesday, but has spotted no displaced stones in the site.   

Located in Armenia’s southernmost province, Zorats Karer, which dates back to around 5500 BC, consists of a prehistoric mausoleum and nearby, over two hundred neighboring large stone monoliths, eighty of which have distinctive, well-polished holes bored near their upper edge.

Excavations have been carried out in the archaeological site since 2014.      

First hiking map for Armenia’s Dilijan National Park in the works
/Oct 8/PanArmenian/

Cartisan, a new independent branch of the Transcaucasian Trail,will design and publish a brand new hiking map of Armenia’s beautiful Dilijan National Park – the first map of its kind in the region – and distribute it worldwide for the start of the 2019 hiking season.

They are aiming to raise $12,900 in Indiegogo to create the map and are currently halfway to their goal. It’s part of a bigger shared mission to bring quality outdoor mapping and trail infrastructure to the Caucasus.

While any amount can be donated, a pledge of USD$30 will get you a copy of the map to put on your wall, pore over while planning your hike, or navigate with, plus a bonus goody pack.

Dilijan National Park now features more than 200km of waymarked and signposted hiking trails, including an 80km section of the Transcaucasian Trail.

Hikers wanting to navigate them are already asking for detailed maps from tourist information centres – but no such maps exist. And until recently, nobody had the knowledge, expertise or motivation to create one.