Royal Caribbean to arrange Georgian Batumi port’s infrastructure

Business Materials 9 December 2011 13:53 (UTC +04:00)

Georgia, Tbilisi, Dec.9 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /

One of the world's largest cruise operator Royal Caribbean will arrange and refurbish infrastructure of Georgian Batumi port and develop its cruise tourism.

According to the memorandum signed between the Adjaria's Government and Royal Caribbean, the company will upgrade Batumi port's infrastructure and develop its cruise tourism.

The chairman of Adjaria Autonomous Republic Government Levan Varshalomidze approved the company's initial plan for the reconstruction of Batumi port.

Varshalomidze met with representatives of major cruise companies in Turkey, Adjaria's government told Trend.

Varshalomidze also met with the head of Carnival Corporation, Giovani Israel.

According to Israel, Batumi is of interest as the one of the largest growing tourist towns of the Black Sea Basin. Carnival Corporation does not exclude to get involved in the Black Sea cruise business in the nearest future.

The Batumi Sea Port is situated in the South-West part of the Black Sea. The territory of the port is 22.2 hectares. Number of berths is 11. Total area of the open storage territory is 15,656 m2. Kazakhstan's KazMunaiGas acquired Batumi port in 2008.

Edited by E. Kosolapova