Vladimer Lychev, a regional representative of the Hilton brand, talks about the Black Sea resorts development perspectives.
After the sanctions removal, Iran considers Georgia one of the most interesting directions, Lychev noted and suggested the Georgian Authorities to enhance bilateral relations with Iran.
The gambling business has made Batumi an attractive travel destination in all seasons, Lychev noted.
“Batumi possesses a very good concept. The government has reconstructed the old part of the city, road infrastructure, cycling tracks, seaport. Batumi is also interesting in terms of gambling zone, as this business attracts clients in both summer and winter seasons. Iran is getting rid of sanctions and Iranian customers consider Georgia as one of the most attractive directions. It is very interesting to deepen relations with Iran in this respect.
A combination of a resort, a business center and a gambling zone ensures makes Batumi a place of travel interest throughout the year. Seasonal factor is important, but the business center and the gambling zone neutralize it”, Vladimer Lychev said.
At the same time, the Hilton network representative emphasized negative sides of sea resorts and noted it is not easy for tourists to arrive in Batumi. Lychev suggests the government to arrange more direct and low-cost flights.
“It is not easy to get to Batumi. The number of flights is not sufficient. When tourists are thinking of where to spend the time, they may choose other destinations because of lack of direct flights to Batumi and prefer places with simpler and cheaper travelling conditions”, Lychev told the IPress.