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About martas2912

I am a sustainable tourism specialist on the Caucasus region. I have been going back and forth to Georgia since 2001 as a traveller, tourism development professional and academic researcher. Now working as a Sustainable Tourism Expert for the World Bank and GIZ projects in Georgia on DMOs, regional and national marketing, and mountain tourism development. More on my blog: oneplanetblog.com and tweet @oneplanetblog

Interview for the Sustainability Leaders project on sustainable tourism in the Caucasus

This week I am featured in a great Sustainability Leaders Project, interviewed as the first sustainable tourism expert on the Caucasus region. The project is an invaluable knowledge hub for tourism professionals interested in the latest trends, strategies and success … Continue reading

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Svaneti in Dede – a battle between tradition and progress. Has tourism had a role to play?

  Seeing the old Svan traditions in a fascinating and incredibly moving film Dede, filmed in a remote mountainous region of Svaneti, made me realise how little we know of this popular tourism destination in Georgia, and how this makes … Continue reading

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Svaneti responsible tourism businesses – recommendations please!

I am looking for recommendations for local sustainable/responsible tourism business owners in Svaneti! You may have heard that we are in the middle of the Responsible Travel Week (12-18 Feb) –  #RTweek18. During this week I am travelling around Svaneti in the … Continue reading

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Adventure, Culture & Good Food: What Foreign Tourists Expect from Georgia?

Over the last few months, several articles have been published in worldwide press praising Georgia as an emerging tourism destination and encouraging tourists to come and visit Georgia now. Lonely Planet, National Geographic, BBC, the Guardian, the New York Times, … Continue reading

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Overtourism in Svaneti

Svaneti in Georgia is at risk of losing its traditional charm as a result of negative impacts of uncontrolled growth of tourism. Continue reading

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Caucasus Tourism and me in 2017 – reasons to celebrate!

The rapid growth in tourism in Georgia is NOT a reason to celebrate – but my 2017 definitely was!  In 2015 I made a risky but also much-needed and exciting decision to change career and work in sustainable tourism in … Continue reading

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Tony’s take on Tourism Forum 2017 – input from Svaneti

Last week I wrote about a brilliant Tourism Cooperation Forum 2017 “Sustainable Mountain Resort Development” in Gudauri in northern Georgia, where practitioners from all regions discussed the challenges and opportunities for sustainable mountain tourism. Tony Hanmer who lives in the … Continue reading

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