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Old January 30th, 2011, 03:31 PM   #1
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Winter Season opens in Georgia`s Gudauri ski-resort

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Winter Season has officially opened in Gudauri ski resort located on the southern slopes of the Greater Caucasus Mountain Range in Georgia. It has been snowing for three days in Gudauri.

Road to the resort has also been opened. Due to the heavy snowfall, traffic movement was blocked for a while, although all the impediments have already been removed.
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Hello,

I'm not sure whether the resort is such a good destination for skiing, as we were there in september 2010; the touristic infrastructure was almost dead there.
does anybody know something concrete?

we have posted gadauri photos in our georgia travel guide Georgien Reisebericht
english index of our site can be found here m-hesse.com/english
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Hi, just passing by, would love to see Georgia tourism pics on this thread...thanks.
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Привет, все грузинским форумчанам!
Планирую этим летом посетить Тбилиси. Хотелось бы, получить советы по съему недорогого жилья в центральных районах города. Так же, интересует, насколько сложно открыть визу гражданину Казахстана, по прилету в Грузию?
Буду признателен, за подробную информацию.
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Old April 5th, 2011, 04:52 PM   #6
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Batumi Getting Ready to Host 1.5 Million Tourists

The FINANCIAL -- The number of tourists visiting Georgia’s Black Sea region of Adjara in 2011 is supposedly going to reach 1,500,000, Vaja Diasamidze Deputy Chief of the Department of Tourism and Resorts of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara, told The FINANCIAL. Preparations to host such a huge number of people have already been started. Plans include improvement of infrastructure, arrangement of new recreation zones in Batumi and in some of the other regions of Adjara too.

This year the first bike-taxis will appear on the streets of Batumi. Special stations will be accepting credit cards.
“We are already organizing bike lanes. The prices haven’t been established yet, though we are trying to make them as affordable as possible. The service will substitute the use of municipal transport to a certain extent,” said Diasamidze.
In 2010 more than 900,000 tourists visited Ajara. This year significant growth of visitor numbers is expected not only of those from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran, but also from Israel, Poland, Ukraine , Belarus, the Baltic States and European countries. As for Georgian holidaymakers, the Department of Tourism and Resorts of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara reports that the largest share come from Kutaisi and Rustavi as well as from the capital.
“The majority of Georgian tourists come from Tbilisi . There are some from other regions too, but still Tbilisi is the major one,” noted Zviad Eliziani, Chairman of the International Business Development and Investment Promotion Centre (IBDIPC).

In May we will start to operate new train lines - Batumi-Baku and Batumi-Azerbaijan. At the same time we will launch bus services between Batumi-Turkey and Batumi-Iran. What’s more charter airlines will be organised with Israel, Iran and Ukraine . As the Department of Tourism and Resorts of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara states, flights between Tbilisi -Batumi will also restart operations, though the prices of the tickets haven’t yet been estimated.

According to Diasamidze ticket prices for trains and buses won’t increase more than in 2010. However airline prices will decrease in comparison to last year. Batumi-Yerevan ticket prices ranged from 14 USD to 58 USD and Batumi-Baku from 29 USD to 90 USD.

Georgians often complain that prices are really inflated in Batumi and therefore often prefer to go to comparatively better value resorts abroad.
“Prices are generally high in Batumi, I agree. If we compare the vacation package price for Batumi to that for Antalya (in Turkey) a tourist can get better offers in Antalya, more value for money, compared to in Adjara. I think there will be the same tendency this year,” said Eliziani.

“When I go to Batumi, I pay great attention to the prices. The location of the hotel or apartment is also very important. Some of them have accessible prices but are situated very far from the coast. It would be perfect if a hotel had its own strip of coastline, but usually such hotels are very expensive. As a young person I find entertainment another important factor, both during the daytime and at night. I think the prices are relatively high in Batumi, especially in comparison to Turkey. If they decrease prices then I’m sure more visitors will go to Adjara this year,” said Irakli, 25.
According to Diasamidze they don’t expect more increases in any price segments due to increasing competition between companies in the region. As he added, in spite of soaring prices on the world market there have not been any drastic changes in the prices of restaurants in Batumi. The Government of Adjara will try to keep the tendency by supplying more local agriculture products in comparison to last year.

“Parallel to the increase of competition this summer season, the volatility of prices has also decreased in comparison to last year. Visitors will have the opportunity to dine out in restaurants for 20-30 GEL per person. The price of a deck-chair will start from 1 USD this summer. A parachute and yacht will cost approximately 25 USD in the high season. As for hotels and guesthouses, there are plenty of them located along the coastline of the whole of Adjara. The prices of the hotels range from 30 USD to 150 USD per night. You can also find hotels, apartments or guest houses, where a person has only to pay from 15 USD to 50 USD per night. It is possible to find apartments at cheaper prices, although they won’t satisfy those with high standards for obvious reasons. As well as such famous hotels as the Radisson BLU Hotel and Hyatt, many other new hotels and guesthouses will start running by the summer 2011,” said Diasamidze.



The Department of Tourism and Resorts of the Autonomous Republic of Adjara promises tourists that in 2011 there will be a more varied entertainment industry, including more restaurants, nightclubs, concerts and festivals as well. Among them will be festivals, exhibitions and shows, which envisage free attendance for tourists.
“BIAFF will be held in September - 17-24 September, 2011. Right now we are working on the festival’s programme and as usual we will offer spectators a very interesting collection of films. There will be several sections of the programme, these are: the International competition (Feature, Documentary and Short films showed separately with an international jury); Silk Road section (films from the Caucasus, Iran, Turkey, Central Asia etc.); Master collection (the latest films of famous filmmakers) etc. The BIAFF festival has free access; every cinema lover can attend the event and workshops/master classes planned during the festival for free,” added Eliziani.


“Tourists in Batumi will have the possibility to purchase plenty of new souvenirs which will be more specific to the Adjara region. There will also be city tour buses with guides within the city and new tourist information agencies at the service of visitors. We will not only offer guides but also a tourist rescue service, which will help visitors find their way through busy places if lost. They will also control the cleanliness of the coastline and secure use of all entertainment aqua equipment,” Diasamidze said.



The Government of Adjara is now repairing the whole of its underground infrastructure including water pipes, and the sewage system. This reconstruction process has been somewhat uncomfortable for visitors. As Diasammidze says, the process is almost finished especially along the coastline and from May there won’t be any problems with transport systems within the city.
“The reconstruction works going on in the city (water system, sewage system etc.) will probably take another 2 years to fully finalize,” said Eliziani.
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Tourist information center opened in Kutaisi

A tourist information center has been recently opened in Kutaisi. As was reported by Business Georgia, this center is a joint project of the city Mayor's Office and National Tourism Agency at the Georgian Ministry of Economic Development. "Of course, the tourist information center is oriented at foreign guests but our fellow countrymen wishing to go on excursion may also turn to us. We organize excursions throughout the country's territory and provide guides speaking all European languages, as well as Hebrew and Turkish", - officer of the Economic Development Service of Kutaisi Mayor's Office Konstantin Chakhalashvili remarked in an interview to the journalists. According to him, reference information will be provided by the center in three languages: Georgian, Russian and English.

It is stated in the materials of the National Tourism Agency of Georgia that "Kutaisi has got a strategic location, being situated not far from the Black Sea and ski resorts. There are two objects in Kutaisi that are protected by UNESCO, and the territory of archaeological sites in Vani. The rehabilitation of Kopitnari airport that will enable to receive international flights will encourage the increase of the number of guests".

Earlier, such tourist information centers were opened in other Georgian cities: Signagi and Kvareli. In the nearest time, it is planned to open them in Anaklia, Batumi, Gori, Zugdidi and Mtskheta.
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Tourism boom in Georgia expected to continue
By Salome Modebadze
Wednesday, May 11
Manana Manjgaladze, the President Mikheil Saakashvili’s spokesperson, shared Governmental plans for the upcoming touristic season at the traditional briefing on Tuesday. Emphasizing that the country has been moving to promote tourism, Manjgaladze said that corresponding Governmental bodies have already received instructions to intensify work in this direction from the President. According to the statistical information released by the press speaker, 674 409 tourists have visited Georgia in the first 4 months this year which is 43% higher than the figure for the same period in 2010.

Analyzing the encouraging rise in tourism for 2011, Manjgaladze stressed that a really huge number of tourists is expected to visit the country this year. “We are expecting the visitors all around the country with the renovated infrastructure and it can be said that we are fully ready to receive guests in any region,” Manjgaladze said stressing that “our relief gives us an opportunity to suitably host the visitors both at mountainous or seaside regions”. The President’s spokesperson talked about the successful development of the tourism sector in Georgia, and emphasized that this would finally provide new investments and creates additional jobs in the country.

Meanwhile visiting Zugdidi on May 9 President Mikheil Saakashvili opened the departure line at Zugdidi airport and conducted the first flight on SESNA-type aircraft as a pilot. Promising the local population that the new airport facility designed by a famous Italian architect would soon open, Saakashvili said regular flights from Zugdidi will then be conducted in different regions of Georgia. “Zugdidi is a big city, with more than 100 000 people - this is why it has to be on the map and must have an airport as well. This is only the beginning because we are constructing 10 airfields as a whole. I promised people to open all airports by myself this is why I learned how to conduct planes,” the President stated.

“However the highway will also come up to this place and it will be easier for you to move. So, Zugdidi will not be detached and it will become an important center,” the President of Georgia promised Zugdidi population. The President also welcomed constructions of a big airport in Poti that will end in one year. Explaining that Poti airport will be the biggest airport in the Caucasus, Saakashvili highlighted that it will accommodate international flights.
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More visitors arrive in Georgia
09.06.11
The number of tourists, who arrived in Georgia during past five months, has significantly increased. According to the National Tourism Agency of Georgia, about 900,000 visitors have been officially registered during past five months, which is with 44% more in comparison with the same period in 2010.
The Turk visitors lead the list of the tourists registered in the data base of the Tourism agency; Azeri, Armenian, Russian and Ukrainian visitors follow them.
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Real Treasure of Georgian Nature

28 July 2011
Magic Garden, Sea, Sun, Beaches, Diving and Ajarian Cuisine
According to the Georgian Department of Tourism, the number of tourists visiting Ajara increased by 84% in a year. To be specific, in January-May period of 2011 Ajara received over 103 thousand guests, whereas in the same period of the previous two years the number of tourists was only around 56 thousand (2010) and 10.5 thousand (2009) respectively. Naturally, similar rising trend is expected to continue this season too. The sun, sea and beaches – everything seems to be at hand in Ajara. However, there is more to it. Many unknown treasures of Ajara need to be discovered by tourists so that they fully feel all the rich facets of this fabulous coastal region.
A tourist visiting Ajara should certainly see the mountain resort Beshumi with sites of ancient artifacts. The Basin of Chorokhi River that today flows between Turkey and Georgia used to be one of the major centers of metallurgy in the Bronze Age. No wonder that the whole Ajara region is dotted with sites of Bronze and Iron Age artifacts. You will notice it if you visit Gonio fortress situated in Gonio settlement, near Batumi town. By the way, those tourists who head from Batumi to Kobuleti or other way round have a great opportunity to relish several interesting sites right through the windowless buses. Such buses are a popular means of transportation in Ajara. They add exotics to the atmosphere of the local travelling.
The name of Batumi originates from Greek. In ancient times, the town was called Batius Liman, i.e. “deep bay”. Scientists believe it was here where two ancient cultures – Kolkhian and Antic - used to merge. Batumi is a small, white 150-year old town, built of mostly two-three storeyed buildings. Magnetic smell of coffee starts to fill its streets from the early morning. By the way, old-style tin coffee heaters are still made in Batumi handicraft shops and tourists have an opportunity to purchase these souvenirs as a great memorabilia of the Batumi leisure times.
The most enchanting however is flowering of Batumi magnolia trees. This small white town boasts a myriad of magnolia trees. Their flowering season fills the town with a strong magic aroma.
The Batumi Botany Garden is located on the so called Green Cape (“Mtsvane Kontskhi”), 9 km away from Batumi. The garden provides a fertile environment to many plants coming from different climates and landscapes. Oddly enough, canary palms can be found growing next to Japanese Sakura. Botany Garden accommodates 1200 varieties of roses. What is more, the Botany Garden overlooks the Sea and therefore makes for a place of unique vistas. Alternatively, tourists may choose to observe the Green Cape from sea on a boat. The Botany Garden stays green and flowery the year round. Yet, the time of exceptional beauty starts here from late spring and ends in autumn.
In many hill places such as mount Chirukhi, Jinali, Goderdzi pass, mount Gomi, mount Sasadilo, Sarichai and Koslitavi visitors can rest in summer wooden houses. If you want to grasp the Ajara culture and tradition then you should visit one of its mountainous regions as listed above.
Ajara gastronomic diversity is also astounding. Pakhlava, burme, borano, chirbuli, sinori, Acharian khachapuri – if you want to taste any of these Ajarian dishes, you need to go to the Mountainous Ajara.
Maia Diasamidze, Head of Georgian Department of Tourism: “Opportunities for tourists visiting Ajara are restricted to the beaches. In the last years, infrastructure in Ajara has been undergoing a swift renewal. Thanks to it, today tourists can choose a diversity of sightseeing. For instance, touristic routes in Ajara hills are enriched with chances to taste local cuisine and generally experience local hospitality. The length of the Ajara coast is 57 km. This perimeter features beautiful seaside resorts and other leisure places: Pichvnari, Kobuleti, Bobokvati, Chakvi, Tsikhisdziri, Mtsvane Kontskhi, Makhinjauri, Gonio, Kvariati, Sarpi and of course Batumi.”
Any tour in Ajara includes visits to Batumi aquarium and dolphinarium. When you enter the aquarium, you would immediately feel as if you are in the depths of the sea or ocean inhabited by billions of sea creatures. The aquarium accommodates Black Sea shark, sea stars and many others, a total of 60 sea and ocean creatures. As for the dolphinarium, we heard an interesting story about it from the locals. A few years ago, after the old dolphinarium was dismantled to give way to a modern one, rumors spread across the town that dolphins for the new facility came from the Black Sea despite the international ban on catching Black Sea dolphins. Later, it was revealed that in reality the new tenants of the facility came from Japan! No wonder then that their transportation took 14 hours. During the transportation, the seven dolphins were placed in special containers. Their safety on plane was insured by means of artificial micro-climate.
Summon desire, courage, add equipment and you can instantly find yourself hovering over the bottom of the sea and watching magic scenes of the undersea. Watching, photographing and hunting for sea creatures in their natural environment generate unique feelings and emotions. Undersea caves, ancient town remains and sunken ships attract many adventurists. By the way, the Black Sea is seen as one of the most interesting areas after the Mediterranean Sea in terms of marine archaeology. For instance, near Bobokvati (the village located in Kobuleti municipality of Ajara) archaeologists found remains of the ancient town that existed in VII-VI centuries BC. In 90s of the last century, fisherman’s net caught intact amphora in the Batumi-Tsikhisdziri section. Specialists assumed that the earthenware belonged to the goods transported by an antic ship nearby.
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