Hotels Magazine, IL Feb 28 2005 YEREVAN, FEBRUARY 28. ARMINFO. 268,000 tourists visited Armenia in 2004, which is 52,000 more than in 2003. Head of Department of Tourism of the Ministry of Trade and Economic Development of Armenia Arthur Zakarian informed during the workshop "Novel approaches to cultural tourism", organized by the national commission UNESCO of Armenia's Foreign Ministry. According to him, during the last 4 years the visitor-tourists increased by 4%. At the same time, Zakarian mentioned that 50% of the tourists visit Armenia to see their friends and relatives. According to the data of the Ministry, 70% of the tourists are Armenians, 31% of the tourists visit Armenia for the purpose of business (with diplomatic purpose inclusive), 5% to restore their health and 1% to get an education. Zakarian also informed that there are 5,000 travel organizations, travel operators in Armenia. A tourist spends about $650per day in Armenia. The participants of the workshop mentioned that for the tourism development in Armenia it is necessary to attract investments for expansion of Yerevan's airport, restoration of roads and other infrastructures. They mentioned Armenia must seek novel ways of the tourism development, for which it is necessary to attract investments for restoration of historical monuments, protection and expansion of the museum sector, as well as for training of personnel.