Tourism - Part of Strategy
30 September, 2010

Tourism has been declared one of the strategic directions of economic development of Georgia. I don’t quite remember if the word ‘strategic’ was used or not out there, but I don’t think the vocabulary nuances should matter too much at this moment.  What matters most is probably an educated guess or a well-calculated scientific presumption whether tourism might be the ultimate priority for building this nation’s future or not. My regular amateurish gut feeling is positive – tourism has a gigantic

chance in a country like Georgia: location, nature, weather, climate, traditions, history, sights, wine, food, character, hospitality. What else? Oops! Sorry, I missed a detail – infrastructure: hotels, camping facilities, roads, routes, maps, eateries, toilets, entertainment, transportation, professional guides, general amenities, tourism centers, etc. Not that we have none of those! We have plenty, and out of that plenty a lot is good and operable. And we still need more! And the more tourism facilities we possess the more money we are going to generate – hurrah! Let’s now have a quick look at a flip side of the tourism ‘coin’. Out of all Georgia’s grown-up working population, how many of us should professionally be involved in the tourism business in order for us to compete successfully with the world’s tourism-oriented nations. Or, how many of those potential professionals are professionally ready today to get involved in the tourism business immediately to make Georgian tourism endeavor competitive world-wide? Who can say how much capital investment is necessary as of today to turn the existing facilities in Georgia into undelayed money makers via tourism? And finally, how big a portion of the state budget should the tourism revenues constitute when the cherished field is eventually in zenith? Tourism (I mean a highly-developed touristy) is an abundant work-force consuming industry which is qualified in the world economy as a service sector. And only a professional world-standard-level service has a chance to make it happen in Georgia. An amateurish service level will not work. I mean it will never make enough money to answer the state budget demands, placed on tourism shoulders. To carry on with this logic, the future professionals need to be trained accordingly, which is asking for time, money and energy. So tourism might take it all! If this is true, what to do with the rest of other underdeveloped fields like industry, agriculture, science and education with the existing limited work-force? Would our demographic resource be enough to pull all that? To get the answers to all these questions, I need to work on the subject too long too hard together with too smart specialists. Meanwhile, I am just blowing a whistle because heads-up does not mean any harm.

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