The Minister of Economy of
Georgia Natia Turnava said that in 2021 the country’s tourism sector will
recover by 50% compared to 2019.
The businesses are skeptical
about this statement. A new
"Hilton" hotel in Tbilisi, the opening of which was postponed, is not
going to open and is expected to start working not earlier than September.
The hotel management does not wait for a successful season believing that the number of tourists will not be large
and it makes no sense to open in the coming months.
The new Golden Tulip hotel also
will not open until autumn. Torinke
Janashvili, Director of the investment company Block Invest, says that the prospects
of vaccinations and the cancellation of curfew are still unclear and the company has decided to delay the opening
of the hotel.
“The government's expectations
to return the tourism sector indicators to 50% of the 2019 levels are unrealistic. If the government forecasts so
many tourists, it should ease regulations. Such statements can rather be
considered campaign trail, ”he says.
The construction of the
Hyatt Regency Tbilisi hotel in the city center is also delayed due to the
uncertainty and unpredictability of the situation. According to CEO at the
development company Rustaveli Properties Mindia Gadaev, the time of the
completion of the construction and the launch of the hotel depends on the
prospects of the tourism sector recovery.
“The construction is underway,
we did not stop work even in 2020. We are working without rushing and are waiting
when the situation in the tourist industry will clarify, ” the company CEO explains.
In April-May, 172,333 international
travelers visited Georgia that is 222% more than in the same period in 2020,
but 85% less than in April-May 2019.