Moscow’s flight ban in July slashed the number of Russian tourists visiting Georgia by more than 20% in the first two weeks. While the drop took its toll on the tourism industry, some young entrepreneurs saw it as an opportunity.
They launched a program, called Spend Your Summer in Georgia. It’s been wildly successful and has drawn visitors from all over the world. Nanuka Danelia spoke to Keta Goletiani, one of the program’s co-founders, and asked her how the campaign got started.
Protests in Tbilisi, Georgia have led to an economic spat with Moscow.
CGTN’s Nanuka Danelia has more.
Georgia’s economy has had a challenging few weeks, especially as tensions with Russia escalated. It all started on June 20th, with what seemed like a typical parliamentary session.
But no one knew it would trigger one of the biggest street demonstrations in the capital, Tbilisi.
The protests began after a controversial visit by Russian lawmaker Sergei Gavrilov, who addressed the Georgian Parliament from the speaker’s chair.
His faux pas was speaking Russian to delegates.