Inna Khostikyan - Republica Hotel Yerevan

The first thing I would like to state is that the competition in Yerevan today is very open-minded and cooperative as it has never been before. And it’s a great achievement of all of us in the market since that helps to figure out obstacles and challenges together. The proof of that is the re-establishment of the Armenian Hotel Association in the mid of this year. That means that the hotels are in healthy competition for each niche. In reality, competition pushes for nothing more but self-development and development of the market. Coming back to the specifications of our hotel, I would definitely mention the boutique style of Republica. We have relatively limited space, but we did the best to create an unforgettable atmosphere for our guests, to deliver hearty service, individual approach, tailor-made services’ scope. Also, we are aiming for a gastro-hotel positioning.

Emma Khashmanyan - Courtyard by Marriott St. Petersburg Center West/Pushkin Hotel

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.
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Tourism Committee, Ministry of Economy of RA

In parallel with the growth of the tourism sector in Yerevan, the hotel industry is undergoing interesting changes as well. Hotels are being built both in the capital and the regional tourism destinations. Though hotel construction, recently, responds to decentralized (regional) tourism policies, Yerevan still maintains a leading position and brand-new hotels continue to grow in the capital, including the international hotel chains. It is noteworthy that more than a third of hotels in Armenia is located in the capital. Especially in the midst of the high season, the hotels are often overcrowded.