“Iranian tourists were  not often allowed  into the country  that created a negative background”

“Iranian tourists were not often allowed into the country that created a negative background”

access_time2019-07-10 17:03:19

According to the head of Georgia's Association of Hotels and Restaurateurs  Shalva Alaverdashvili,  Georgia considers several countries which can replace Russian tourists in the short term, and is in active talks with them.

“Iran, India and Arab countries are the most promising countries. But we face problems with   visa regime, for example with India. Citizens of these countries are ready to come to Georgia but are hampered by visa problems, ”he said.

Shalva Alaverdashvili also touched on other problems - disrespectful and rude attitude of  the Georgian authorities to the citizens of these countries in  the last years - they often were  not allowed  into the country  that created a negative background .

“Almost 30% of Iranian citizens were not allowed into the country. Therefore, today it is very hard to regain trust and it’s not easy to communicate with them now, ” Alaverdashvili notes.


To  attract European tourists is not an easy task and will take a lot of time  but  will not compensate the reduction in the number of tourists from Russia.

“Europeans do not make decisions so quickly. They plan everything in advance, and don’t  change their plans in one day. Accordingly, it is necessary to work with the European market in advance. Every day we are working to increase the number of tourists from Europe, but we still have no illusions that we can attract more Europeans in the coming months, ” head of Georgia's Association of Hotels and Restaurateurs notes.

In  6 months of 2019, a total of 61,347 Iranian tourists visited Georgia which is 58% less than in the same period of 2018.


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