By Gayane Melikyan
Photos by Lusi Sargsyan
World’s longest zipline to be built in Armenia’s Tavush Province
On May 3, LOFT Center for Self-Development hosted a press conference devoted to the Yell Extreme Park Project.

The speakers, Chairperson of the State Committee for Tourism of the Republic of Armenia Zarmine Zeytuntsyan and creator of the Yell Extreme Park Project Tigran Chibukhchyan, talked about the launch of a crowdfunding for the construction of the world’s longest zipline in Armenia through Indiegogo.

The speakers presented the goals and peculiarities of the project, the role of the project for the growth of the tourism industry in the Republic of Armenia, the messages of the current crowdfunding and the rules and principles of the crowdfunding for the project at Indiegogo.

Construction of the world’s longest zipline in Armenia is the initiative of the team of Yale Extreme Park, which is a one-of-a-kind extreme project in the region. The new project will set a record and consolidate fans of extreme adventure vacations from different corners of the globe, positioning Armenia in the global tourism industry as a center for extreme tourism in the region.

With a length of 2,680 meters and an altitude of 200-300 meters, the new and longest zipline will be built in the Yenokavan village of Tavush Province of the Republic of Armenia. The leap will last three minutes during which it will be possible to move at a speed of 120 km/h. Currently, the longest zipline recorded in the Guinness Book of Records is the zipline in Puerto Rico, and the de facto longest Zipline is in Mexico (2,545 meters).

Creator of the Yell Extreme Park Project Tigran Chibukhchyan stated that even though the project costs $200,000, the goal is to raise $20,000 through crowdfunding. “We are currently working hard to implement the project. It would be nice, if businessmen joined this project,” Tigran Chibukhchyan noted and added that this was a wonderful opportunity to promote tourism in Armenia. In her turn, Chairperson of the State Tourism Committee Zarmine Zeytuntsyan stated that the project was truly commendable since it will be possible to meet the demand by combining supply and demand. “Armenia truly has great potential in the tourism sector since it is able to attract the attention and interest of tourists with its rich culture, historical and cultural values and, of course, sites worth seeing,” Zarmine Zeytuntsyan noted and indicated the importance of

adventure tourism. According to her, there is a high demand for adventure tourism, especially among middle-aged people. Facebook and YouTube are the sources of information for such tourism.

“Adventure tourism also includes familiarization with historical and cultural heritage, and Armenia is in a favorable position due to its rich values,” she noted.

Let us mention that the crowdfunding for construction of the world’s longest zipline in Armenia through Indiegogo will start on May 4 and last 30 days.