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Local pride, authenticity and connection – social benefits of trails

What I find most fascinating about trails and cultural routes is their power to connect and foster social interactions and shared responsibility, creating social benefits for both tourists and the local people. ‘Scenic Roads and Trails’ were the theme of … 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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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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