TBILISI, DFWatch – “Georgia is the main tourist country in the region and we will see better results in the next few years,” Nika Gilauri, Georgian Prime Minister told lawmakers Friday at a debate about a ’10 point plan’ recently announced by the government.
Gilauri said the tourism sector has even better results to show than the government had expected.
“We didn’t expect that during two years in a row we would have 40% growth in tourists and visitors. But our aim is to increase the number of tourists to minimum 5 million until 2015 year,” the PM remarked.
According to him, tourism development is the best way to create employment, and the government is doing everything to achieve this.
“Representatives of 100 countries arrive here without visa; we run tourism advertising campaigns; we have direct flights to 29 cities and we continue working on this. There will be investment in Kopitnari [a village in western Georgia] airport; Poti [a city on the Black Sea coast] airport will be built by the end of next year. We have negotiations with budget airlines about coming to Georgia and this will happen in the next six months – this is not little,” Gilauri adds.