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Where to Go Next: Armenia

From the Persian Empire to the Soviet Era Armenia's history was one of conquest and renewal. Now this beguiling mix of tradition and transformation is luring travelers in a tourism boom estimated to be rising by 25 percent per year. A new airport is under construction, an adventure-travel industry is growing,- and most notably-a network of stylish hotels is replacing the once standard blend Soviet inn.  

The work of James Tufenkian, New York based founder of Tufenkian Artisan Carpets (www.tufenkianheritage.com) include a villa in the capital, yerevan;  lakeside lodge; and a retreat set among northern woodlands.

Though Armenians are holding fast to their religion and unique language, Tufenkian's enterprise proves that the country is, once again -embracing change.

Meline Toumani