Georgia develops plan to overcome problems in tourism
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 17
By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend
A plan developed to overcome problems in the sphere of tourism focuses on small hotels, said Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Natia Turnava, Trend reports with reference to website 1tv.ge.
According to her, the plan has already been presented to various business groups and includes specific activities in several areas. “Our plan is aimed at creating small and family-run hotels, because this is the most popular sector, and most of the hotels in this sector need support,” the minister said.
According to her, the facilities' problems are mainly caused by their financial obligations related to loans. Therefore, one of the first steps is to provide financing to the small and family-run hotels, she added.
As Natia Turnava noted, the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia works together with the Ministry of Finance of Georgia to address the issue.
“The second problem concerns specific travel companies, hotels and related enterprises wishing to expand their activities or create a new object. The credit guarantee scheme will be fully focused on these facilities and used as a tool for providing additional assistance from banks,”said Natia Turnava.
The minister stressed that the third component of the plan is marketing.
“In this direction, the focus is on the Georgia’s position in the global tourist market; we must once again prove that Georgia is a unique and safe place for tourists,” said Natia Turnava.
As the minister noted, a special meeting will be arranged to develop criteria for joint financing the tourist sector, and the public will be informed about the results.