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Tourism in Nagorno Karabakh

2011-12-29

Nagorno Karabakh is famous for its nature and adventure oriented tours. It is frequently one of the top vacation desires of many people traveling in the Caucasus. Well known for the peace and quiet it offers, it's a place to have a harmonious holiday with exquisite scenery. Though it has suffered a lot of disasters by the end of the 20th century, it seems to have been found by the world again. The statistics show that with the social development of the country, the tourist flow here grows each year. 

According to the director of Tourism Ministry of Artsakh, Sergey Shahverdyan, the increase in the number of tourists reached a new record this year: 50% increase compared to the same period of last year. Taking into consideration the international economic crisis, when everywhere the number of tourists decreases, this should be a huge number.

Even though there are no certain numbers publicized, it is stated that the above mentioned indexes refer to those tourists who are subject to registration, or in other words, the foreign citizens who need an entrance visa for Nagorno Karabakh. However, those responsible for this sphere record a considerable increase in the number of tourists also from Armenia.

It should be reminded that in 2010 there were over 8000 tourists who visited Nagorno Karabakh. 

The director of Tourism Ministry believes that the large flow of tourists is promoted by the country's positive image and good appearance. In recent years, Nagorno Karabakh is actively participating in tourism exhibitions organized abroad, which in several cases provoke anger on Azerbaijan's side.

According to S. Shahverdyan other role-playing factors include the general improvements in the country, such as road building, improvements of squares, landscape gardening.

As for accommodation, the number is also growing gradually. New hotels in Nagorno Karabakh are built almost every year. The Ministry of Tourism is done with the hotel registration process. This year there was one hotel opening in Stepanakert and two in Shushi. There are currently thirty two hotels operating in Nagorno Karabakh. Quite a number for a small country.

Below are some comfortable hotels in Stepanakert:

1. Nairi Hotel Stepanakert

2. Yerevan Hotel Stepanakert

3. Armenia Hotel Stepanakert

4. IBC Europe hotel Hotel

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