Armenian new cuisine is a hybrid of new and old, traditional and innovative! In practice, we cook the endemic and purest products that grow in this soil with techniques brought from the best restaurants abroad. It is our childhood taste on a new fine dining plate. To cut it short - emotions and finest products are cooked intelligently so that to squeeze the finest from the dish.
It’s all about connections and mentality. Working in one of the leading travel agencies, which is specialized in incoming, MICE and VIP tourism gives you priceless opportunity to explore all the hidden corners of your country, to get in touch with different (not always easygoing) people and fall in love with Armenia. Thereafter the decision was made – all my career path needs to be related to the development of my homeland or highest level of representation of Armenia abroad. With this mindset 3 years ago I started my career with Marriott International as a Sales Executive in Armenia Marriott and now I am here in Courtyard Pushkin Saint Petersburg as a Senior Sales Manager.
The Hotelier LLC presented the third issue of its "Hotelier Magazine" which covers the ever-growing hospitality industry in Armenia and not only. The event took place at HYATT Place Yerevan and it brought together over 110 hotel industry executives, representatives of adjacent spheres both governmental and private. Stanisav Stojcic, the general manager of HYATT Place, Yerevan, as well as Tatevik Revazyan, Chair of Civil Aviation Committee of RA, opened the event with remarks and spoke of the importance of having such an initiative bring together the whole industry and contribute to its development in Armenia.
Talking about the trends, I would say that one of the first ones is the true local experience. This also is a threat to hotels because many tourists use Airbnb. One reason for this might be because it is more affordable but also because it gives you an opportunity to experience an authentic way of life in the location you are visiting. Hotels need to be really creative to catch up with this trend. The other day I had a friend traveling from Moscow to St. Petersburg for a weekend and she booked an apartment with her family for an actually much higher price than a hotel. When I asked: “Why?” She responded: “We wanted to feel living in an apartment in the city center and experience the life of the locals.” I am not a huge fan of Airbnb, but I tried it when traveling to Vienna once and, to be honest, that was a great local experience.