Georgia on their minds: why tourists are flocking to the Black Sea

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The city of Batumi on Georgia’s Black Sea coast is bracing for a tourism boom after winning the 2019 title of “Europe’s Leading Emerging Tourism Destination” at the prestigious World Travel Awards.

In recent years, the region has attracted significant investment. And the results are clearly visible.

The summer season has just begun but already tourist figures are breaking records. Dozens of new hotels have appeared along the coast and the number of international visitors in Batumi has almost doubled since the beginning of this year.

It’s also gaining a reputation as a centre of youth culture.

Joseph, a young street-artist, believes his city has much more to offer.

He’s confident that soon Batumi will be a focal point for creative youth and compete on an equal footing with the capital, Tbilisi.

“You can see how the city has changed on a cultural level – cinema, theatre, music, poetry, architecture, art etc,” he told Focus. “Batumi is in a constant state of development and we are able to create new trends in the cultural life of the city.”

In Georgia new cultural trends are closely intertwined with the country’s rich traditions and history.

It’s no surprise that Georgian polyphonic singing was recognised as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO.

Add to this the region’s beautiful and diverse landscapes and you get a fuller picture of Adjara and its tourism potential.

You can head straight from the beach to the mountains and picturesque valleys. It’s all possible in Adjara, thanks to its unique ecosystem.

Tornike Rijvadze, Chairman of the Government of Adjara, told Focus: “Ecotourism is actually one of the greatest opportunities we’ve got here. Our agencies work very hard to find new directions. We expect to have quite a successful season this year.”

The region is also famous for its wine. According to archaeologists, winemaking in Georgia can be traced back thousands of years.

Local winemaker Rostom Beridze, said there are almost 500 types of grape varieties in Georgia and about 50 of them grow in Adjara.

“Such diversity gives us an advantage in creating wines that are very different from what you can find elsewhere,” he said.

Beridze added: “It’s impossible to talk about wine and not be in a positive mood. We are very proud of our winemaking heritage.”

 

Source: www.Euronews.com

tbilisi, possibly the coolest city in the world

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When it comes to Tbilisi it’s safe to say the secret’s out. The capital of Georgia has been charming worldwide travellers with its alternative arts scene, world-class clubs and unforgettable cuisine for a while now – and it’s undoubtedly becoming one of the trendiest cities in Europe.

It’s a city of two halves; the Old Town is cluttered with antique stores selling Soviet-era war medals while younger, trendier areas are known for their lively bars filled with locals toasting firewater with strangers. The city feels familiar yet alien all at once, and it’s hard not be overcome by the welcoming Georgian lifestyle.

Georgia’s art scene, fashion and nightlife are behind the influx of traffic. If you’ve been to Berlin then you’ll recognise Tbilisi. They have distinctive similarities but Tbilisi feels effortless. Maybe the city manifests what Berlin was… once upon a time?

Like Berlin, raving is central to younger Georgians’ identity with techno music being the soundtrack to those seeking social liberty and cultural freedom. The underground club Bassiani is a concrete Mecca for techno; the main dance floor is a disused swimming pool and at weekends it’s flooded with smokey, Chacha fuelled clubbers dancing to promising Georgian DJs. Bassiani has sparked the question – could Tbilisi be the new Berlin?

With the rapid increase in tourism, we recommend jumping on Georgia now. Flights may be a little higher than you would like BUT it’s seriously worth it. Tbilisi is everything you need in a city break: be it a romantic getaway or a wild weekend with your pals. This rough-cut Caucasus gem will leave you wanting to pack your bags and relocate… if only we could speak the language!

Need help planning a to-do list? Here’s our list of the essentials things to do in our new favourite city.

 

source: www.mtv.co.uk

A few things why you should visit Georgia by British Ambassador

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Justin McKenzie Smith, a British ambassador to Georgia has recently posted photos of Georgia on Twitter with the caption: “These are a few of my favorite things. #VisitGeorgia #WorldWelcomeToGeorgia #SpendSummerInGeorgia”. The photos reflect Georgian traditional dances, Old Tbilisi, Looking over Georgian mountains from an airplane and Georgian blue tablecloth.

The campaign ‘Spend Your Summer in Georgia’ has been launched by Georgian activists together with businessmen and international society in response to the ban on Russian airlines from carrying Russian citizens to Georgia from July 8. The campaign aims at popularizing Georgia as a travel destination to tackle the possible difficulties due to the decreased number of incoming Russian tourists. Besides, Russian tourists have encouraged their Georgian friends by saying that they will find other ways to reach Georgia.

The ban was followed by the cancellation of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy. The assembly was led by the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, Sergei Gavrilov, a deputy of the Russian Duma from the Communist Party. Angered by the presence of Sergei Gavrilov in Georgia, citizens gathered at the Parliament building in Tbilisi to protest Russian occupation in Georgia.

 

Source: www.Georgianjournal.ge, Photo: www.Georgianjournal.ge

What Georgian Pirosmani and Spanish Picasso have in common

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Niko Pirosmani was a Georgian primitivist painter. The paintings of Niko Pirosmani were not presented at museums but at inns, taverns, shops, etc. Throughout his life, Pirosmani was poor taking ordinary jobs including housepainting and whitewashing buildings. He also worked for shopkeepers in Tbilisi, creating signboards, paintings, and portraits, according to their commissions.

He usually painted on oilcloth. There are many works about merchants, shopkeepers, workmen, and noblemen groups. Pirosmani was fond of nature and rural life. He rarely painted city. He made many animal paintings. He was the only Georgian animalist. Pirosmani also was attracted by historical figures and themes such as Shota Rustaveli, Queen Tamar, Giorgi Saakadze, as well as ordinary Georgian people and their everyday lives.

Pablo Picasso grew up in a poor family. His father, a provincial drawing teacher who was training him, discovered the talent of Picasso at a very young age. After some sessions of art school in Barcelona and Madrid, Picasso spent his adolescence associating with the group of Catalan modernists who gathered at Els Quatre Gats in Barcelona. Later he moved to Paris where his work began to attract serious critical attention and praise by the time he was twenty. The greatest contribution of Pablo Picasso to art is the invention of Cubism that secured his immortality.

Surprisingly enough, Pablo Picasso created a graphic portrait of the Georgian painter Niko Pirosmani in 1972. However, the two never met each other. It was Ilia Zdanevich, a Polish immigrant, who showed a catalog of Pirosmani’s works to Pablo Picasso. Ilia Zdanevich left the Soviet Union in the 1930s because he could not conform to the regime and took a catalog of Pirosmani’s works with him. When Ilia became acquainted with Pablo Picasso, he showed this catalog to him. Picasso was so impressed by the paintings that he decided to create a portrait of Niko.

 

Source: www.Georgianjournal.ge, Photo: www.Georgianjournal.ge

Campaign ‘Spend Your Summer in Georgia’

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree prohibiting Russian airlines from carrying Russian citizens to Georgia from July 8. Putin has ordered the Cabinet of Ministers to help the citizens of Russia, who are traveling to Georgia, to return to Russia. Moreover, some recommendations have been issued for Russian tour operators, calling on them to refrain from selling tours in Georgia.

Subsequently, Russian airlines will stop selling air tickets to Georgia from July 8. According to Russian media, Smart, Pabeda, Red Drive and S 7 have already stopped selling tickets.

In response to the ban and the possible threats to the Georgian tourism industry, Georgian activists together with businessmen and international society have launched the campaign ‘Spend Your Summer in Georgia’. The campaign aims at popularizing Georgia as a travel destination to tackle the possible difficulties due to the decreased number of incoming Russian tourists. Besides, Russian tourists have encouraged their Georgian friends by saying that they will find other ways to reach Georgia.

Georgian airline companies are also launching Russia-Armenia-Georgia flights to help Russian tourists enter Georgia. Georgian businessman Mamuka Khazaradze is ready to cover 10 flights for Ukrainian tourists to support the Georgian tourism industry. Every day local as well as international support is getting stronger and stronger.

The ban was followed by the cancellation of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy. The assembly was led by the President of the Inter-Parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy, Sergei Gavrilov, a deputy of the Russian Duma from the Communist Party. Angered by the presence of Sergei Gavrilov in Georgia, citizens gathered at the Parliament building in Tbilisi to protest Russian occupation in Georgia.

 

Source: www.Georgianjournal.ge

Georgian restaurant ‘Natali’ in Spain

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There are more and more Georgian restaurants appearing abroad. While the locals in foreign countries enjoy Georgian cuisine, Georgian restaurants usually serve as a gathering place for Georgina emigrants.

Otar Loliashvili along with his wife have been living in Spain for about 10 years. Two years ago, they opened a Georgian restaurant ‘Natali’. The restaurant is located near Valencia and has already become a popular place. According to the owner, the locals especially love Mtsvadi (grilled meat skewers), Adjarian da Megruli Khachapuri (Georgian cheese bread). Otar Loliashvili says that as it is impossible to find cheese for Khachapuri in Spain, they have to produce it by themselves.

Besides, ‘Natali’ is a meeting point for Georgian emigrants in Spain. It has become the emigrants’ tradition to gather and have fun together in the restaurant. According to Loliashvili, they did not face any obstacle while starting a business in Spain. They only had to have the necessary documents in order. He says that the only challenge in Spain is high taxes and prices for products. However, their restaurant is cheaper than other restaurants in the country.

 

Source: www.Georgianjournal.ge, Photo:Georgianjournal.ge

Matador Network: Why You Need to See Tbilisi

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Matador Network has dedicated an article to the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, giving reasons why it is a good idea to visit the city.

The article reads that Georgia is unknown to many travelers but that it is slowly becoming a hot destination. It also says that there are a lot of activities that can be done in Tbilisi.

“You can stroll in Rike Park along the Mtkvari River and watch kids play in the grass. From the park, you can take a cable car to Narikala Fortress for a sweeping view of the city. Or you can wander around in the streets of Old Town, go to the market, and eat all the food you can,” it says, adding the food is very inexpensive, and you can find good private accommodation for a few dollars a night. Moreover, traveling by taxi is also common and cheap.

Another reason named in the article as to why travelers should visit Tbilisi is that the architecture there is “quirky and awesome.”

“Influences from Europe, Persia, the Arab world, and Russia have shaped Georgia’s identity, resulting in one of the most unique cultures in the world,” the article reads, adding this combination of the future and the past will definitely leave an impression.

For people traveling with kids, the article recommends visiting Mtatsminda Park, a big amusement park at the top of Mount Mtatsminda, at over 2,500 high and the highest point in the city. It was also a very popular public park in the USSR during the Soviet Union.

The author underlines that Georgian people are very welcoming.

“Georgians are some of the warmest and most welcoming people in all of Europe. Although many of them don’t understand or speak English, they’ll go out of their way to help you out,” it says.

And of course, Georgian cuisine is one of the top reasons why one should visit the country, where “every meal is a feast.”

“Most meals in Georgia include more food than can physically fit on the table. A must-try is khinkali, Georgian dumplings,” the article reads.

In addition to this, only a two-hour drive away from Tbilisi you will find Sighnaghi, a picturesque, small town in Kakheti, the wine region of Georgia.

“Sighnaghi is a cobblestoned village and the perfect place to try some of the famous Georgian qvevri wine,” reads the article.

 

 

Source: www.Georgiatoday.ge; By Thea Morrison

Photo: www.Georgiatoday.ge

Bakhmaro – Unique resort with healing properties

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Bakhmaro located in Guria (western Georgia) is one of the healthiest resorts of the country. It lies on the Bakhvistsqali River. Bakhmaro is distinguished by the combination of alpine and marine climate. It is situated 1950-2050 meters above sea level. This is the highest alpine climate resort in Georgia. The resort abounds with spruce, pine and fir trees.

All the mentioned features make Bakhmaro a magical place for many people with health problems especially those with lymph, respiratory diseases and anemia. Besides its heavenly landscape, beautiful pine forests, alpine meadows and amazing views the area are notable for its small cute cottages that are scattered throughout the green valleys with a river flowing through them.

It is believed that visiting Bakhmaro will make your immune system stronger. Its clean and transparent air speeds recovery from illness. Two centuries ago a shepherd diagnosed with tuberculosis visited the area (before the resort was discovered and named) and recovered from the disease. At that time, people thought it was a miracle but later the unique properties of the area were discovered and it was named the resort Bakhmaro.

 

Source: www.Georgianjournal.ge

Orbeliani Square Re-Opens After Renovations

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Orbeliani Square in Tbilisi has re-opened in an opening ceremony following two years of renovations.

Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze, President Salome Zurabishvili, Parliament Speaker Irakli Kobakhidze, Tbilisi Chairman Giorgi Tkemaladze and Tbilisi Mayor Kakha Kaladze addressed guests at the opening ceremony.

Both Bakhtadze and Kobakhidze congratulated Kaka Kaladze and Tbilisi City Hall for their fast completion of the project.

“We have proven that when there are unanimity and motivation, we can implement large-scale projects in a short time,” said Bakhtadze.

Kaladze promised that Orbeliani Square would be renovated during his election campaign. The renovations began in June 2017 and cost around 65 million GEL.

Source: www. Georgiatoday.ge, by Amy Jones
Photo source – Mamuka Bakhtadze Facebook

3rd International Qvevri Competition to Be Held in Georgia

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On June 21-22, Georgia is to offer yet another unforgettable journey in the world of wine by holding the 3rd International Qvevri Competition. The two-day event is to host local, as well as foreign, Qvevri producers from and present their wines, which will be tasted and evaluated by a special jury comprising Georgian and international experts.

The major aim of the project is introduce the best Qvevri wines to wider audiences, and to increase their popularity and frequency of consumption globally.

The competition is organized by the Association ‘Georgian Wine’, National Wine Agency and the Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia. The participants have an opportunity to apply to present their products by June 14.

The 1st Qvevri Wine Competition took place in 2017 in Georgia, much contributing to the augmentation of interest in Qvevri wine.

The Georgian traditional method of winemaking, using the large clay pots “Qvevri” was granted the status of Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 2013.

 

source: www.Georgianjournal.ge; By Ketevan Kvaratskheliya

Photo: Wikipedia