A major Armenian hotel owner said Tuesday that the incoming tourism sector has seen a considerable growth in the country compared to last year.
“Several new hotels opened this year, and the growth really influenced different hotels,” Hakob Hakobyan, President of the Association of Hotels and CEO of Tufenkian company, told a news conference.
Commenting on the situation with hotel businesses ahead of the New Year holidays, Hakobyan said his meetings with five different hotel owners revealed that the sale volumes haven’t changed since last year.
He said around 550 hotel rooms were launched in 2014, adding that 300 more are due to open next year.
“In the city of Yerevan, it is possible to find a rooms for any budget ranging between 15,000 to 700,000 Drams. The average prices is 45,000 Drams ($33 – $1,500), including breakfast,” he said, considering the sum quite normal for a capital.
Sona Yeghiazaryan, Zoel Travel Agency’s director also attending the news conference, said their company which works with the foreign market, has not made any changes in its price policies.
“We started the reservations in August-September. [Tourists] prefer to go to coastal countries,” she said.
Marina Kpryan, a founding member of the Tourism Association, agreed for her part that tourism in Armenia is really costly given that tour packages do not often include the price for air tickets. “Rest in Armenia is not really inexpensive, and it is very restricted. Demand today exceeds the supply. There hasn’t been vacant room in the hotels in Tsaghkadzor since November,” she added.