Georgia's Black Sea region of Adjara should become the main driving force for Georgian tourism and the economy, said Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia at today's meeting with representatives from Adjara's tourism sector.
We will create a group together with the head of the Adjara government which will work to recover tourism fast and effectively in Adjara", said Gakharia.
Georgia will resume domestic tourism starting June 15 and will receive international tourists starting July 1.
The government has set the goal of making Georgia the first country to open its doors to foreign tourists after months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic and to welcome international travellers with a new image - 'Georgia - Safe Destination!'.
PM Gakharia met the representatives from tourism sector of Adjara today. Photo: PM's press office.
Gakharia said that Georgia must be promoted as a safe destination for international travellers, as an internationally acclaimed and successful country in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tourism has become the driving force of Georgian economy, an important sector. Georgia has become well-known in the world as a tourism destination with 8,000 years history of winemaking, with its history, cuisine, and culture. Lots of people flocked to Georgia and wanted to see our country. To all the marketing programs that presented Georgia as one of the fastest growing tourist locations, a new component should be added - a safe zone from a pandemic. This is extremely important", said Gakharia.
Gakharia said that Georgia needs to show the world that the country can host tourists, run the economy and, at the same time, successfully treat its citizens and guests infected with COVID-19.