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Holiday in Georgia costs a pretty penny?2012-07-17 17:18
In Georgia today, many are debating about the development of the tourism sector. They say tourism is becoming one of the main engines of the economy. In fact, this is not true. This sphere yet has a lot of flaws and shortcomings. We decided to look into the problems of tourism in Georgia.
In Georgia, you can often hear: "I prefer to holiday in Turkey than in Batumi, Kobuleti, Kvariati and other local resorts, since holiday in Turkey is relatively cheaper than in Georgia".
Weekly comfortable stay in Georgia for two in a five star hotel costs from 3,000 to 5,000 DEL, plus an additional charge for entertainment. Naturally, not everyone can afford such a vacation. Therefore, many prefer to stay in private hotels, where a double room costs 600-1000 GEL for a week, depending on the comfort degree.
Lia Kepuladze Leah shared with us her impressions about the holiday: "I would really like to relax in expensive hotels, but I cannot afford. Only foreigners spend holidays there. I've stayed in a private hotel with my sons. We pay 120 lari for three of us per day. We have everything we need - the kitchen, bath and bed".
Foreign visitors generally prefer the classic tourism. They love to see the sights and monuments of culture and nature. The main attribute of the rest of Georgia for them - this is the cuisine. According to official data, about 70% tourists come to Georgia to visit the historical monuments and sites; 25% of them are adventurers and ecotourists, the remaining 5% - agriturists and other lovers of original holiday.
There are really a lot of tourists, but statistics shows that last year there were twice as large of them. The numbers are padded since all those entering the country are considered to be tourists. For example, citizens of neighboring Turkey regularly visit Georgia to trade. Many come for 2-3 days on business. They rent cheap apartments and cannot be considered holiday-makers.
"According to my observations, there is a need for two or three-star hotels", Lela Kharatishvili, the head of the department of rural tourism association "Elkana", says. "Four and five-star hotels are expensive, people prefer cheaper places. Cheap hotels are mostly used by the citizens of former Soviet republics".