The Armenian newspaper “Past” writes that between January and July 2017 Armenia experienced a sharp increase in tourism with a growth of 24.2% compared to the same period last year. In the first seven months of the year, 622,381 tourists stayed in Armenia, mainly from Russia, Georgia, the European Union and Iran. Also with the arrival of tourists from China, South Korea, Japan and Philippines. According to the tourism official in Armenia, Mekhak Apresyan – “Past” – this increase in tourism is the result of dynamic actions by the Armenian authorities for the development of tourism in Armenia. The newspaper also reported Mr Apresyan’s statement that Armenia is ready to welcome 3 million tourists a year.