Located at the crossroads between Europe and Asia, Georgia has seamlessly integrated aspects of various cultures, while at the same time retaining its own unparalleled identity.
Covering a territory of only 69,700 sq. km., the country is renowned for its fascinating history, majestic Caucasus Mountains, the Black Sea coastline, curative climate, healing mineral waters, national parks and UNESCO Heritage Sites. For centuries Georgia has been the cultural, educational and transportation center for the Caucasus region; with some of the most famous trade routes like the Silk Road.
Today, Georgia ranks among the most prospective countries in Europe; with the World Economic Forum Competitiveness Index 2014-2015 placing the nation 23rd out of 144 countries with the least amount of irregular payments and bribes, and 37th out of 148 countries in reliability of police service. Hereby, CNN named Georgia one of Top 16 Up-and-Coming Destinations.
The authenticity and unique cultural heritage, alongside top rankings in the world’s most prestigious indexes have turned Georgia into a premier travel destination in the region. The number of visitors to the country has been growing drastically for the past decade and for the third year in a row international arrivals have exceeded the 5.5 million mark, which is considerably more than the population of the country.
|Easily Accessible Destination
Georgia is well connected to the world with up to 30 direct flights to various destinations and over 26 airlines operating in the country from three international airports - Tbilisi, Batumi and Kutaisi.Georgia upholds a visa-free regime with 95 nations and Resident Permit Holders of 50 states, including GCC and European nations. An e-visa option is also available (evisa.gov.ge), and holders of a valid visa for the United States, EU member states, Japan, Korea and the UAE may enter the country without a visa.
|Modern Infrastructure and unique venues
Georgia offers some of the most unique venues, ranging from modern to traditional, and a multi-functional exposition center –“Expo Georgia” right in the heart of the city.
The hotels in Georgia are perfect for conventions, seminars, workshops and a variety of other events. New major brands, such as Sheraton, Radisson, Marriot, Rixos, Holiday Inn, Hotels and Preference, Mercure, Best Western and more provide all the resources necessary to accommodate various needs and preferences.
|High level of safety
Georgia was ranked among the top countries in terms of safety by numerous publications (view the links below). The World Economic Forum (WEF) “Competitiveness Index 2014-2015” ranked Georgia 37th out of 148 countries for reliability of police services, and the 23rd least amount of irregular payments and bribes.
|Value for money
Georgia offers a range of budget hotels, inexpensive attractions, and low-cost local transportation. Furthermore, there are endless tourism possibilities: skiing, hunting, beauty and health spas, rafting and kayaking - all at a fraction of the cost of European countries and without compromising on quality.
|Hospitable and Generous people
The Georgian people embrace a unique culture of hospitality; for Georgians being a host is not only a privilege, but a sacred tradition passed down for centuries. These traits are best exhibited during a traditional feast – a supra, which involves a toast master (tamada) and vibrant polyphonic music.
|Top economic ratings
According to the World Bank in 2015, Georgia ranks 24th in the world in “Ease of Doing Business,” and the Heritage Foundation places Georgia 23nd on its “Index of Economic Freedom”.
Over the past few years the Government has implemented numerous progressive reforms to ease the tax regime, simplify licensing regulations/procedures and set up a “one window approach” system for many business activities.
|Great Food, Restaurants and Cafes
The country offers a delicious variety of dishes, highlighted with distinctive herbs and spices. Georgian food and drinks were ranked 4th in Europe, right behind Italy, France and Spain (Thrillist 2015). Throughout the cities you can find fine restaurants and cozy,uniquely styled cafes and bars.
|Unique Culture, Folklore and Art
Georgia is a country with ancient, rich and unique culture which dates back for millennia. In 1977 the golden recording onboard of the U.S. spacecraft Voyager carried the traditional Georgian song “Chakrulo” to the far reaches of our solar system, as a part of the world’s cultural heritage. Today, the Georgian polyphonic music is acknowledged by UNESCO as “a masterpiece of the world’s cultural heritage”. Georgian dance, similar to polyphonic songs remain a major
|Birthplace of Wine
Wine has been produced in Georgia for over 8,000 years; this is what the BBC referred to as “the world’s longest-running unbroken wine tradition.” Today, over 500 varieties of grapes are grown throughout the country and Georgian wines are famous for their unique properties and character. Furthermore, the Georgian way of winemaking - in clay pots called Qvevri – is on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
|Endless Tourism Possibilities
From adventure tourism to discovering the art of wine-making, Georgia has something to delight every visitor. Take advantage of the least expensive heli-skiing in Europe, or tour some of the finest medieval architecture in the world, investigate ancient subterranean cave cities, or relax at beach resorts – in Georgia, everything is just a step away.