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About 75 percent of Yerevan residents can not afford summer holiday either in Armenia or abroad

Armenia Materials 23 July 2012 18:27 (UTC +04:00)
About 75 percent of Yerevan citizens are able to spend summer holidays neither in Armenia nor abroad, chairman of the National Consumer Association of Armenia Melita Hakobyan said on Monday, Novosti-Armenia writes.
About 75 percent of Yerevan residents can not afford summer holiday either in Armenia or abroad

About 75 percent of Yerevan citizens are able to spend summer holidays neither in Armenia nor abroad, chairman of the National Consumer Association of Armenia Melita Hakobyan said on Monday, Novosti-Armenia writes.

"Periodically, we conduct polls of the population of Yerevan in various fields, including tourism, and concluded that 70-75 percent of the population of the capital can not afford a summer vacation," Hakobyan said.

She noted that the remaining approximately 25 percent - it's mostly those, who are working for foreign organizations and have relatively high incomes, including 25 percent of those, who are residents of Yerevan, having relatives in the village, where they can rest in summer.

The expert said that those citizens, who have the opportunity to rest, often prefer to travel to neighboring states, particularly Georgia and Turkey in connection with the greater availability of prices.

Director of travel agency Tatev Arlen Davoudian noted that if the cost of seven-day holiday in the Armenian resort town of Jermuk is approximately 200,000 drams ($ 485), then only half of that amount - 100 000 drams ($ 242)will be required for a five-day vacation in Antalya, Turkey.

Davoudian also said that many Iranians, who previously have spend holidays in Armenia, now prefer the resorts of neighboring Georgia due to unreasonably high prices in Armenian hotels.

"If this trend continues, we will lose the flow of Iranian tourists to Armenia in two years," he said.

According to the National Statistical Service of Armenia, the number of tourists visiting the country decreased by 9 percent in January - March 2012 compared to the same period last year to 104,374 people. At the same time the number of emigrants from Armenia amounted to 120,050 tourists in January - March 2012, an increase by 1.9 percent compared to the same period the previous year.

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