What to do with the Russian tourists who have purchased tickets to Georgia




From July 8th to Russia suspends air travel with Georgia. Because of the ban tickets will not be able to use 155 thousand passengers. According to preliminary estimates, carriers will have to pay about 3 billion roubles. This decision was taken in connection with the protests in Tbilisi on June 20. In clashes with the police injured more than 200 people. The opposition came to the rally after the scandal with the Russian Deputy allegedly Sergey Gavrilov took the place of the speaker of the Georgian Parliament.

In 2018, visited Georgia to 1.29 million Russians. According to the FSB Border service of Russia, it is 11.8% more than in 2017. The major part of Russian tourists rest on the black sea coast of Adjara. In Batumi, Kobuleti and Chakvi on the Russians account for over 50% of all guests mini-hotels. The area is traditionally more popular with independent tourists – they form 90% of the flow. A two-week trip costs an average of 50 thousand rubles for two. This amount includes flights and accommodation. According to official data, in 2018 the Russian tourists left in Georgia €632 million.

What about those who already bought the tickets, and what’s the alternative to stay in Georgia, the TV channel “MIR 24” said the Director of the Association of tour operators in outbound tourism “Turpomosch” Oleksandr Osaulenko.