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Georgia’s best holiday resort is valueless2010-12-28 18:33
Georgian government knows how to sell soccer, PСs and holiday homes for GEL 1. There is an impression Mikheil Saakashvili has a fixed idea to sell everything for pennies. Now it's time to dispose of state lands. At the opening ceremony of Mestia ski resort near the capital of Svanetia, the Georgian leader called to develop tourism in the region promising that investors will get best price offers. It is amazing to see the president's readiness to ladle out state property to those who want to take part in his lottery scam called "liberal economy".
"I'm astonished why the private sector is sleeping. This is such a place, with the season opened all year round, and the number of people exceeding the space. This will continue for the next 20 years. I call on everyone - as long as the land, albeit scarce, is available for GEL 1 - to clear your ears, open your eyes, to come, build here and get rich", - was the confused but essentially clear statement Saakashvili made on Mestia at the government session.
Locals are not in a hurry to clear ears and open eyes for one reason - they know oh so well what price will be paid for getting rich. Particularly after the remark Georgian president made: Mestia is not a free touristic zone like Kobuleti or Anaklia, for instance. So regional taxes will become a major source of income for the state budget.
Investors willing to build holiday resorts in Svanetia must be extremely serious making Austria and Switzerland cry with bitterness and envy with the travelers rate reaching 500,000 persons per year. Apparently Mr. Saakashvili thinks that businessmen, like collectors, will take visitors by their hands and force them to enjoy the coolest European service imaginable.
Naturally, the Georgian president has already made a contribution to the touristic oasis. He opened an airport to operate state-subsidized flights at the beginning. Accordingly, the tickets will get cheaper, and the prospect of coming to Mestia will be more tempting and affordable.
Remarkably, the opening of the new season at the resort could be seriously overclouded by Svani contractors of Lainter company (Italy). They were tasked to fix poles for a new ropeway supposed to carry tourists. But the representatives of the sub-ethnic group of the Georgian nation that like Chukchees often appear in anecdotes and mockeries, placed the piles upside down forcing the center of gravity shift to the air.