The social campaign under the hashtag #VisitGeorgia #SpendYourSummerinGeorgia continues in Georgia where Georgians as well as foreign visitors share their personal experience of travelling in Georgia and inviting everyone to support the tourism industry by travelling in Georgia this year.
The campaign started in response to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent ban on flights to Georgia.
Georgian Zurab Pololikashvili, who is the Secretary General of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), posted on his Twitter account that Georgia had made significant progress in tourism in recent years and that supportive policies have transformed the country into a "real tourism success story".
My native Georgia ???????? made significant #tourism progress in recent years. The supportive policies transformed Georgia into a real tourism success story - #TravelEnjoyRespect pic.twitter.com/TSi2q5E9Dq— Zurab Pololikashvili (@pololikashvili) June 24, 2019
Ambassadors and international organisations also continue supporting the tourism industry of Georgia by posting on their Twitter accounts, listing reasons why people should visit Georgia.
A tweet from USAID Georgia highlights adventure tourism in Georgia and promotes rafting, canyoning, horseback riding and hiking.
It’s time to lace up your hiking boots and hit the trails on unconditional beauty of adventure tourism in Georgia. Enjoy amazing agritourism products and rafting, canyoning, horse-riding and hiking. ????????#SpendsummerinGeorgia @discovergeorgia #TraveltoGeorgia #WelcomeToGeorgia pic.twitter.com/xldFlvzQ3C— USAID Georgia (@USAIDGeorgia) June 24, 2019
Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Georgia and to the Republic of Armenia Jos Douma also shared his personal experience of living in Tbilisi via Twitter.
A favorite pastime, #LisiLake at just some kilometer from my house. #Tbilisi is much more than a 1,5 million capital of beautiful #Georgia.#TraveltoGeorgia???????? #VisitGeorgia???????? #SpendsummerinGeorgia pic.twitter.com/chdBY0PacA— Jos Douma (@Jos_Douma) June 26, 2019
Ambassador of Austria to Georgia Arad Benko shared his favourite places of Georgia on Twitter.
And these are my favourite places in #Georgia????#spendsummeringeorgia #VisitGeorgia #WorldWelcomeToGeorgia pic.twitter.com/H6YtTibItV— Arad Benkö (@AradBenkoe) June 25, 2019
The official account of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania re-posted Lithuanian Ambassador’s Tweet under the hashtag #WorldWelcometoGeorgia.
#WorldWelcomeToGeorgia ???????? https://t.co/bP2OlptxpB— Lithuania MFA (@LithuaniaMFA) June 24, 2019
Georgian national football team defender Guram Kashia, who also plays in Dutch top-division outfit SBV Vitesse, invited his Dutch friends to go to Georgia “to finally see a proper mountain” by sharing a video on his Instagram page.
I’ve travelled all around the world and I’ve crossed many seas, but nothing comes even close to Georgian food. I swear, you won’t know what’s hit you. Beautiful architecture by the sea in Batumi in the summer, and skiing in winter! Georgia is perfect for every season! My Dutch friends: go to Georgia to finally see a proper mountain ???? (Even though I love your flat country). Have you been to Georgia? Leave your experiences in the comments! ⬇ Tag someone who needs to visit Georgia ⬇ Ps. Legend says your Captain’s shirt is cheap over there ???? #spendyoursummeringeorgia????????
The President of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili called on “the leaders and all Europeans” to come to Georgia in her Twitter post.
I’m calling on all ???????? leaders and all Europeans to come to ???????? this summer! Between our #mountains, #beaches, historical sites, #food and #wine, and hospitality, you’ll have an unforgettable time! pic.twitter.com/Ix2v9BLsAV— Salome Zourabichvili (@Zourabichvili_S) June 25, 2019
A group Spend Your Summer in Georgia was even created on Facebook, where foreign visitors post photos of their former vacations in Georgia and promise to come back to the country again this summer.