The following is an excerpt from Lindsey Galloway | October 8, 2018 | BBC.com |
Though a small country of just three million people, Armenia made global waves last spring with its Velvet Revolution – a months-long peaceful protest movement that eventually resulted in the resignation of the long-standing prime minister Serzh Sargsyan and election of Nikol Pashinyan, a former journalist who led the protests with his passionate speeches and civil disobedience campaign.
The peaceful transition of power has already begun to transform the nation’s capital, Yerevan, as residents have started new businesses, former residents are returning and travellers have begun visiting in higher numbers.
“It has given Yerevan a new optimism like never before,” said Aram Vardanyan, a Yerevan native who is starting tourism business Absolute Armenia. “Armenia is often overlooked but I think it is now the country's time to shine. Other entrepreneurs are starting to see this time of optimism and change as the perfect time for innovation. The energy in Yerevan is really palpable.”
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