Ukraine

Ukraine ribbons on trees in Tbilisi, Georgia

Just stumbled upon at these blue and yellow ribbons on Chavchavadze ave in Tbilisi, Georgia.

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Tourism in Georgia [Statistics]

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has released a detailed data about foreign visitors to Georgia. Tourists from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Russia are leading the list and only 5% of visitors are from the EU. According to MIA, 1,793,449 foreign arrivals have been recorded in January-August, 2011 (2,031,695 people traveled to Georgia in 2010). Most of them were from Azerbaijan – 456,282, 455,611 from Turkey, 448,374 from Armenia and 176,090 from Russia.

2011* - Indicates number of tourists for the January-August period.

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Summer in Georgia: Entertainment

Georgia – a tiny country in the Caucasus has been working a lot to position itself as one of the hot tourism destinations in the region and not only. Government has spent a lot and has attracted foreign business to develop infrastructure in its mountains, seaside and other regions. According to various sources the number of tourists increases every year and by 2015 it will reach 4-5 million (according to 2010 estimate Georgia’s population is 4.5 million). Truly, country has a lot to offer, The capital – Tbilisi is a mix of eastern and western cultures, here you may buy antiques and handmade carpets, enjoy the finest Georgian and Western cuisine, visit ancient churches and etc.

If you have not seen this ad, you might want to take a look in order to get a feeling of Georgia:

Batumi, the biggest seaside city is rapidly developing, brands like Sheraton and Radisson have already built hotels and more are coming.

Summer entertainment in Georgia is diverse.

On July 3rd, singer Sting and trumpeter Chris Botti held a concert in Batumi.

Sting and Chris Botti are not the only famous names that perform in Batumi this year. On July 24, annual Black Sea Jazz Festival will feature R&B and Soul singer – Macy Gray. Concert will be held on Batumi’s Piazza.

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Only 3 percent of Russians feel ‘Very Good” of Georgia

On January 21-24, 2011 Russia-based Yuri Levada Analytical Center (Levada Center) conducted a research and surveyed 1600 Russians in 130 settlements of 45 regions of the country. Youngest interviewees were 18 years old. The Levada center posted results of the survey on its website [RUS]. According to them, Statistical error in the data from these studies does not exceed 3,4%. Here are the results:

Results show that Russians dislike Georgia more than USA, EU, Belarus and Ukraine.