Published on : Tuesday, August 13, 2019
The failure of the tourism industry of Georgia in July estimated to about $60 mln after the Russian authorities came to a decision to inflict a temporary ban on direct flights from Russia to Georgia, Prime Minister of Georgia, Mamuka Bakhtadze told journalists on Monday.
“As of July, the damage to the tourism sector amounted to $60 mln. However in June, a very good trend was registered in Adjara (the Black Sea region of Georgia) — tourism grew by 40% on the previous year. Today, it is important for us to support small and medium enterprises operating in the tourism sector,” Bakhtadze said.
On August 7, head of the Georgian National Tourism Administration Mariam Kvirivishvili explained that the tourism industry of Georgia encountered a loss of at least $44.3 million because of a drop in the number of Russian tourists in July.
As per the official figures, Russian citizens in July made about 160,000 visits to Georgia, which is 6.4% less than that in July 2018. In spite of the recession, Russia succeeded in maintaining its position on the list of 15 countries by the number of visits to Georgia this July, being ranked second.
Anti-Russian provocations and flight ban
On June 20, 2019, many protesters gathered close to the national parliament in downtown Tbilisi, insisting on the resignation of the interior minister and the parliament’s speaker, and tried to storm it. The protests were ignited by a chaos over the Russian delegation’s participation in the 26th session of the Inter-parliamentary Assembly on Orthodoxy (IAO). IAO President Sergei Gavrilov on June 20th opened the session in the Georgian parliament. Lawmakers of the opposition party were annoyed as Gavrilov addressed the event from the parliament speaker’s seat. As an objection, they did not let the IAO session to continue.