According to Bloomberg, Armenia is among the fastest-growing tourist destinations in Europe along with several other countries. Bloomberg says that France, Spain, Italy, and the United Kingdom may be among the world’s most frequented vacation hubs—with France taking the global crown with a staggering 86.9 million international tourist arrivals annually—but these already popular places can only stand to grow so much year over year.
This leaves such lesser known destinations as the Republic of Moldova to jump farther faster. According to new data from the UN World Tourism Organization, in 2017, for instance, French tourism grew by 5.1 percent; its landlocked competitor—nestled between Ukraine and Romania—saw a visitation spike of 19.6 percent when it welcomed 145,000 visitors last year.
According to Armenian government data, 685,97o people visited Armenia during the first half of 2018, which is 10.2% more than the same indicator of 2017.
Bloomberg says tourism industry in Armenia is expected to surge in 2019. It says Cox & Kings is slated to debut a new itinerary pairing the country with Georgia in the next few weeks. Among the outfitters already serving the destination are Abercrombie & Kent, Ker & Downey, and TCS World Travel, who collectively tout historical riches such as Mt. Ararat (where Noah’s Ark is said to have made landfall), the charming capital of Yerevan, and—yes—its most famous cultural descendants, the Kardashians. On trips with Abercrombie & Kent, guests also get in deep with local traditions: visiting brandy distilleries, meeting carpet makers, hearing spiritual chants in ancient monasteries, and learning to make lavash (a type of local flatbread) with an Armenian family.
Other fastest growing destinations along with Armenia are Bosnia and Herzegovina, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Macedonia, Iceland, Turkey, Israel and Georgia. The most fantastic growth was shown by the dwarf European state of San Marino (31.1%).