US Congressional Delegation Reception


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Tufenkian Historic Yerevan Hotel hosted the US congressional delegation, ambassador John Heffern   and invited guests to a reception on April 25, 2014.  The US congressional delegation were accompanied by members of the Armenian National Committee of America.  IN the opening remarks ANCA chairman Ken Hachikian thanked the US embassy staff for helping with the trip logistics.  The delegation had meetings with President and Foreign Minister of Karabagh, with Armenia’s foreign minister, visited a village and other US based companies investing in Armenia.  The congressmen  stressed during their trip the need to additional US investment to help Armenia’s economy.  James Tufenkian was then asked to speak as an example of a successful US businessman in Armenia.  James recounted his trek along the years in finding his roots, overcoming assimilation, reconnecting with Armenia and finally wanting to do something which was not obvious  to businessmen at the time, that is establish a boutique chain of hotels outside of Yerevan to develop countryside tourism.

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