DESTINATION

Armenia has long-been a hub of innovation, education and technology. Situated in the South Caucasus of Eurasia, and with a rich history and ancient culture, Armenia has sat at the cradle of civilization for thousands of years. The first nation to adopt Christianity in 301 AD, Armenia experienced statelessness for nearly 600 years before becoming independent in 1918. It became a Soviet Republic in 1922 before the modern Republic of Armenia gained independence in 1991.

In recent years, Armenia’s technology sector has boomed. Through valuable global partnerships, a unique relationship with its sizeable diaspora, and an innate pride in hard work and resilience, Armenia represents a frontier for innovative development and a positive example of social venture incubation achieving real results.

Language: Armenian is the official language of Armenia, although most Armenians are also proficient in Russian. English is becoming more widely spoken, particularly in Yerevan.

Currency: The Armenian currency is known as the dram, abbreviated as AMD (Armenian Dram). The dram is accepted everywhere. Exchange booths are found widely and do not charge commission. Rates are almost always competitive.

Weather: The weather in March is expected to be mild, with temperatures around 10C (50 F)

Time Zone:  Armenia Standard Time (AMT, GMT +4)

VENUE

We are thrilled to be hosting the Summit at TUMO Center for Creative Technologies in Yerevan, an innovative digital media learning center and non-for-profit venture created as a synergistic hub for education and technology. In addition to the thousands of young students that have gone through the TUMO curriculum free-of-charge, it also serves as a workspace for many technology and media companies at the forefront of their fields in Armenia.

TRAVEL AND ACCOMMODATION

Participants are responsible for making their own travel, accommodation and ground transfer arrangements.

Visa

It is the responsibility of the participant to secure the appropriate visa for entry into Armenia, if required. For further information on whether a visa is obligatory for your country of citizenship and how to obtain one, visit the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) website or contact an Armenian Embassy/Consulate nearby.
Should you need visa support, do not hesitate to contact our Summit organizers at your earliest convenience.

Travel

Zvartnots International Airport, EVN, offers direct service from many destinations in Europe and the Middle East. It is located about 10 km (6 miles) from Yerevan. Facilities: ATMs, duty free, currency exchange, car rental, information center and cafes.

Accommodation

The organizers have negotiated accommodation at special rates for Summit participants at the hotels listed below.

Upon your Summit registration confirmation, please contact your preferred hotel directly, indicating your participation in the “Impact Investment for Development Summit 2017” in order to obtain the special UN corporate rates. Please note that UNDP rates may not be applied if you use online booking. You are advised to contact hotels at the given emails or telephone numbers.

HOTELS

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Armenia Marriott Hotel Yerevan

T.: (+374 10) 599 000
E: armenia.marriott@marriott.com

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Hyatt Place Yerevan Hotel

T.: (+374 11) 221 234
E: yerevan.place@hyatt.com

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Europe Hotel

T.: (+374 10) 546 060
E: sales@europehotel.am

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Republica Hotel

T.: (+374 11) 990 000
E: info@republicahotel.am

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Best Western Congress Hotel

T.: (+37410) 591 199
E: sales@hotelcongressyerevan.com

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DoubleTree by Hilton

T.: (+374)11-555 333 
E: evnye.hotel@hilton.com 

Ground transportation

Taxi is the best way to get from Zvartnots International Airport to Yerevan city center and will cost approximately 3000 dram ($6). It is recommended to agree on the fare with the driver before departing. Alternatively, you can request a pick-up service from your hotel.

Taxis within city center are inexpensive and readily available at major city intersections or on demand. Fares are according to counter and start at 600 dram ($1.20) (please ensure that taxi has a counter before getting in).

HEALTH AND SAFETY

All participants are responsible for medical, accident and travel insurance, for death or disability compensation, for loss or damage to personal property and for any other costs or losses that may be incurred during travel time or the period of participation. In this context, it is strongly recommended that appropriate insurance be obtained for the period of participation until your return to your country of residence. This is solely the responsibility of each participant of the Summit.

Contacts in case of emergency

101 – fire department 103 – ambulance
102 – police department 911 – general emergency