Georgia is an upcoming top tourism destination. The natural beauty, the coast of the Black Sea and the high mountains of the Caucasus and Lower Caucasus account for a preferable foundation. A rich history with thousands of historical and cultural sights completes the attractiveness of this country. Because Georgia is quite small all the different landscapes and highlights can be visited easily without much time and effort.
The government and society have recognized the huge potential and are investing heavily in tourism infrastructure. Georgia has three small but modern international airports with good connections to Central Europe.
Georgia is also a preferable destination for skiing. Destinations like Gudauri, Bakuriani and Mestia are well established and new resorts are developed in Ajara and Svanetia, which is
already well known for heli-skiing. The combination of high mountains and strong, reliable snowfall ensure long seasons with loads of snow.
But there are still wide regions which have not been developed jet and the Georgian Government supports good ideas to open up these areas for tourism.
Georgia has had a turbulent recent history. Meanwhile, the state is stabilized and is making great progress in its development. This is thanks to foresighted policies and a close cooperation with the EU and its member states.
The positive assessment is recognized by various institutions. The World Bank leads Georgia as number 15 out of 189 countries in its "ease of doing business index".
The Heritage Foundation lists Georgia as 22 out of 178 countries in its "2015 Index of Economic Freedom".
Germany Trade and Invest identifies a high potential for German companies and estimates the positive development to be continued. As a special focus Gtai highlights tourism.
Georgia has also managed to successfully tackle corruption over the years. Transparency International Georgia attests just small problems with corruption, which are lower than in many EU countries. In its "Corruption Perceptions Index 2015" Transparency International leads Georgia at No. 48th.
Georgia is also a very hospitable country. Georgian people are very hospitable but the government is hospitable as well. There are no visa required for any European Country which makes it convenient to visit Georgia.
Georgia has defined tourism as a key industry and encourages development projects. So far we have been supported by all authorities in a best way and could always rely on our project manager at the Georgian National Investment Agency (GNIA).
The great potential of Georgia and the exemplary investment policy ensure a steady increase in tourists' numbers in the upcoming years.
The development is already valued medially. CNN names Georgia among the "Top 16 emerging travel destinations for 2016. "With Medieval architecture, timeless culture and staggering scenery, Georgia is simply stunning. According the pros, cheap flights, new routes and improved infrastructure and accommodation ensure it will be a hot ticket in 2016." (http://edition.cnn.com/2015/12/22/travel/gallery/emerging-destinations- 2016 / index.html). Also, the American magazine "Travel + Leisure" names Georgia as one of the "Best Places to Travel in 2016". (http://www.travelandleisure.com/slideshows/best-places-to-travel-in-2016/7).