Over 7,000 visitors have visited Tatev Monastery since launching the world’s longest tramway “Wings of Tatev, the ropeway director Tigran Ghazarayn told a press conference on December 1.
He stressed 30% of the visitors to Tatev Monastery are tourists, 1,500 residents of neighboring villages have a right to enjoy the cable car once a day free of charge. Other visitors should pay AMD 3,000 (U.S. $ 8,3) for a two-way ticket and AMD 2,000 (U.S. $5,5) for a one-way ticket.
According to Syuzanna Azoyan, Marketing Director, Armenian Tourism Development Agency, the number of visitors to Tatev Monastery doubled within the recent two months as compared to 2009.
The world’s longest 5.7-kilometer ropeway, Wings of Tatev, opened in Armenia on October 16. The aerial tramway was constructed by the Garaventa Doppelmaye Group (Sweden and Austria).
Tatev Monastery is the pivot of the tourist industry in Armenia’s southern regions, including Noravank, Karahunj, Southern Caves and other attractions to Meghri city. At present, an English consultative company designs a strategy to develop this pivot of tourist industry. A hotel chain is likely to develop in the country’s south without damaging the ecosystem of the region. This will open up opportunities for tourists to visit Armenia’s south not for 4 hours but stay for several days.