Caucasian knot | Influx of Turkish tourists supports tourism sector in Adjara


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With the resumption of land communications with Turkey, Batumi opened casinos, which suffered significant losses during the quarantine. The border is also open to Ajarian entrepreneurs, but some of them went bankrupt before quarantine measures were eased.

The “Caucasian Knot” reported that as of June 1, tourists have been allowed to enter Georgia, which had previously closed its borders due to the pandemic. The country’s authorities expected an increase in the tourist flow, but the number of tourists is now at an all time high in recent years, notes Shota Alaverdashvili, head of the Tourism Industry Association. Hoteliers complain that many hotels in Ajara are empty amid a low tourist flow.

A significantly higher number of tourists entered the country after the opening of the land border, reports the Department of Beach Resorts and Tourism in Ajara.

Note that in March, the casinos of Batumi and Tbilisi could not open, in particular because of the lack of tourists. Additionally, the government refused to deduct taxes for 2020 when the casinos were not operating.

According to the casino manager Shota Amiranashvili, tourists who visit casinos mainly arrive in Georgia by air: Batumi accepts flights from Israel, designed for casino visitors.

For some Ajarian entrepreneurs, the border opened too late. “While the border was closed, we could not import goods for our business related to the sale of household utensils. So the company went bankrupt ”, a local resident NATO complained.

This article originally appeared on the Russian page from the 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on June 18, 2021 at 4:34 p.m. MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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