The events of July 5 and the
wave of rallies and protests that followed have already the tourism industry, too
little time has passed since the events and the consequences of canceled
reservations will be known a little later - the head of the Tourism Research Center
Alexander Giorgadze says.
According to Giorgadze, the
tourism sector will feel the negative results of mass crackdown on journalists
on the streets most likely this fall.
“On the example of my company,
up to 20 reservations have been canceled against the background of the already
small number of tourists. But the main problem is the consequences of the July
5 events in the long run when the situation
in the tourism sector will significantly worsen that is much worse than cancelling
reservations now,” he explains.
In Giorgadze’s words, many countries are still closed to tourists,
and it is quite possible that those who planned to come to Georgia but refrain
from arrival due to the July 5events will still come but the
problem lies elsewhere , namely, in the long-term travel planning.
“Many people plan overseas
trips in advance and those who have not yet purchased a tour package may choose
another destination. One can see memos such as an earring, colored hair, short
skirts, tattoos, etc on some travel sites about Georgia. It is good if all this
are jokes and Georgia doesn’t have the
same reputation as Iran, the state should conduct an active information
campaign in the target countries, ” Alexander Giorgadze notes.
He adds that the most important thing during a trip is safety both physical and
medical, but today Georgia cannot offer any to foreigners.
“But this is not the only
problem – in the last 10 days the number of people with coronavirus has been
growing significantly. In terms of morbidity, Georgia ranks 12th in the world
that hinders the recovery of the tourism industry,” he concludes.