UNESCO has awarded historical monuments of the ancient capital of Georgia, Mtskheta special enhanced protections in light of armed conflict. The new status of three epic monuments there is seen as a plea from the UNESCO World Heritage for combatants to refrain from fighting in the areas where these monuments are found.
Earth Day 2016 In Eastern Europe
Celebrating its 46th year, Earth Day is all about igniting the passion for Mother Earth, and for inspiring people to channel energy toward environmental issues. Starting tomorrow, the latest issues and groundbreaking ideas come to the forefront. Here’s a sampling of Earth Day events across Eastern Europe.
Chinese Visits to Russia Grow Geometrically
According to the Press Secretary of the Federal Tourism Agency of Russia (Rostourism), Irina Shegolkova there was an increase of 185% of Chinese tourist taking the free visa path in early 2015. The new Russia-China accord also foretells of paradigm shifts in touristic flows and paths in the CIS as well.
InterContinental Introduces Holiday Inn Express to Russia
Big news from leading hotels group IHG, one of the world’s leading hospitality brands has announced their launch of the Holiday Inn Express® brand across Russia.
This Month Georgia Celebrates Independence and More
Coming on May 26th, the people of the Republic of Georgia celebrate Independence Day, the so Day of First Republic in 1918. Visitors can view and take part in a variety of scheduled activities including cultural events, and live performances, not to mention sightseeing Tbilisi and other Georgian cites celebrating.
European Commission Turns Cold Shoulder to More Exlusionism
Last week the European Commission turned a cold shoulder to ideas of permanently banning certain EU nationals entry, and the subsequent negative impact certain rules might have on overall tourism. A Commission spokesman reportedly accused ministers of misrepresenting figures showing immigration problems.
Georgia & Other East Europe Nations: Are They Key to EU Longevity?
According to a story from Vestnik Kavkaza, the European Union and Georgia will sign an early agreement to start the process of Georgia’s associate membership in November. With pressing tensions all around though, November seems far off where good relations between European countries is concerned.
Georgia Set for Anti-Smoking Laws
It may have taken three long years for plans to come to fruition, but finally Georgia is set catch up with the rest of Europe, enforcing an anti-smoking policy that will see all public restaurants and cafes compelled to introduce non-smoking zones.
The Mysterious Origin of Wine
Next time you sip a fine Oregon pinot noir, think on the origins of this noble nectar. No one knows for certain its birth, but the clues are fascinating.
Linking Europe to Asia – Georgian Military Highway
The Georgian Military Highway runs north through the Caucasus from Tbilisi to the border of Russia. Since 1799, it has served as an important link between Asia and Europe. This highway was not referred to as the Military Highway until Russia annexed east Georgia during the 19th century, improving the track for the purpose of troop movements. For the traveler the highway is significant because it travels past some of the most awe inspiring landscapes and attractions in the world.