Tag Archives: Caucasus

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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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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Tourism boom in Georgia – reasons to celebrate?

One of the main objectives of the Georgian National Tourism Development Strategy 2015-2025 is to increase the number of international arrivals to 11 million. At the current rate, achieving that is clearly doable. But is it really that desirable? I … Continue reading

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Sustainable mountain tourism development in Georgia: insights from Tourism Forum 2017

The Tourism Cooperation Forum 2017 “Sustainable Mountain Resort Development” was organised by GIZ Georgia (the German development agency) last month in Gudauri mountain resort in northern Georgia. I was one of the speakers and helped with moderating various conference sessions. … Continue reading

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The first ever community consultation in Georgia – we did it!

At the beginning of June, I spent two weeks in the mountainous region of Svaneti in northern Georgia, consulting local communities about our proposal to build the #Transcaucasian Trail. To our knowledge, the TCT project is the first tourism-related project … Continue reading

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