Saakashvili: we will continue to spend money on an invitation of celebrities
Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said that the authorities are not useless wasting considerable resources on the invitation of foreign stars.
Speaking about the recent concert of world-famous singer Sting and jazzman Chris Botti in Batumi, Saakashvili stressed that such events significantly improve Georgia's image and attract tourists to the republic.
"The advent of international stars in Georgia make country more recognizable for millions of people around the world and this contributes to the development of tourism" - Saakashvili said.
"We are often asked why we spend money on invitation of stars and the holding of grand concert, and I want to answer that at first the money return in the form of charity, but also we are trying this way to make the whole world acquainted with our country" - he also added.
According to the head of the Georgian state, the economy is already feeling the positive impact of the inflow of tourists into the country. "This additional revenue opportunity for renting apartments; it is already hard to find free housing in Batumi. In addition, all residents of West Georgia can sell their agricultural goods" - Saakashvili said.
We recall that on July 3 the famous British singer Sting performed at the Piazza square in Batumi. He was invited as a special guest at a concert of American jazz musician Chris Botti.
The concert was accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra of Georgia n.a. Eugene Mikeladze.
The event had of a charitable nature and was supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Georgia and the Government of Adjaria Autonomous Republic.