Armenians, like their Caucasus neighbours, have long been renowned for generosity to outsiders – a result of the country’s historical location on the Silk Road.

I never meant to spend the night in Dilijan. I’d been making my way through northern Armenia towards the capital city of Yerevan, having crossed from Georgia several days earlier. My travels were taking me south, but slowly. The landscapes up here were all muscle and brawn: dry escarpments and deep, hefty canyons.

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"When you encounter hospitality in Armenia, you're unlikely to forget it," said Ben Lerwill at BBC. The rugged, mountainous country has been renowned for its generosity to outsiders since the days of the Silk Road, when countless traders, soldiers, and migrants passed through its beautiful, rolling landscape. "As long ago as 400 B.C., the Greek general Xenophon brought his troops this way and gave accounts of tables groaning with lamb, poultry, and barley wine.

A large-scale marketing campaign promoting Armenia as a tourist destination launched in Lebanon and the Gulf states on October 25. A series of events were organized throughout the following week which sought to boost and strengthen Armenia's ties with Syria and Lebanon in the tourism sector, raise awareness about Armenia as an attractive destination, as well as develop joint information policies.

Armenia’s healthcare ministry received Thursday heads of organizations providing dental services and specialized associations, the press office of the ministry reports.  After greeting participants of the meeting, David Melik-Nubaryan, acting chief of the healthcare ministry’s unit in charge of medical assistance policy, said that medical services in Armenia have a rich record and a huge potential for competing at international markets.

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