News from the budget airline “Victory” (Pobeda by Aeroflot) tell of coming flights operating between Kutaisi in Georgia and Moscow and Saint Petersburg in Russia. Beginning in September, the airline intends starting regular flights via five Russian airlines.
In tourism news from the Caucasus, the number of international travellers visiting Georgia increased by 23 per cent in January compared with the same month last year, according to the head of the Georgian National Tourism Agency, Giorgi Chogovadze.
Tbilisi International Airport is to be expanded to twice its current passenger handling capacity. According to news from the head of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development, Dmitry Kumsishvili, the airport will soon be able to serve 3.5 million people a year.
Good news for citizens of Georgia, the new Visa Liberalization arrangement issued by the EU Commission has reached the final stage. Now citizens will be able to travel without visas in 26 countries of the EU block.
One of Europe’s and the world’s most interesting regions, the countries that surround the Black Sea hold many of humankind’s most extraordinary historic and architectural treasures. Architecturally, the region is dotted with Roman, Greek, Ottoman, Byzantine, and neo-classic examples of our finest constructs. From the Crimea to Romania, down to Bulgaria, then to Turkey and Georgia, many largely underestimated wonders await new travelers. Here are but a very few magical ones.