Ski resorts are expected to host a huge inflow of tourists. Sandro Onoprishvili, head of Ski Resorts Development Company, noted that early bookings prove the current season will beat all records.
The project for transforming ski resorts into four-season resorts is being implemented in active regime, he also added. This year the winter season was opened on December 10 at Goderdzi Resort. The season has opened in Gudauri too, he said.
What novelties should we expect in the 2017-2018 season, how prepared do the local municipality and private sector meet the winter season?
At the resort inauguration ceremony, officials noted that a new phase of the resort development has started as part of the development regulatory plan. Currently, six top-class hotel complexes are being built at the Ski Resort and their total investment value is 80 million GEL. The new projects will create 500 new job places and 435 accommodation places.
At the inauguration ceremony, agreements were signed on implementing 4 new investment projects. Ministry of Finance and Economy of Adjara has signed the mentioned agreements with four companies.
In the 2017-2018 winter season, two cable ways (gondola and bubble) will operate at Goderdzi Resort. Two new smaller cable ways will also launch operation in the new season, 200 meter bigel and 80 meter moving carpet, as well as children space and fast food restaurants.
Total length of the skiing track at Goderdzi Resort is 8 kilometers and the maximum height is 2366 meters above the sea. As part of the resort development project, 1761 meter internal and sewage channels were arranged, illumination poles were also raised, the new road connects the central highway with investment land plots.
Gocha Gobronidze, Borjomi Mayor’s representative in Bakuriani administrative unit, says that Bakuriani resort has met the new season with renewed infrastructure.
A total of 14 streets were rehabilitated in Bakuriani, including sidewalks were arranged on four ones. In the future, 10 more streets will be rehabilitated. A new park has been arranged along with the adjacent territory of the central park, Gobronidze said.
«We are trying to implement projects as soon as possible. Bakuriani has no problems with supply of water, electricity and natural gas», Gocha Gobronidze said.
Representatives of Batumi-based hotels state that the resort is developed, but much higher paces are required.
Natia Lezhava, manager of 4House Bakuriani, noted that Bakuriani has much potential for development, but at this stage due attention is not paid to it and Bakuriani resorts should be developed at high paces.
Winter tourism season has already opened in Gudauri. The hotel representatives noted that for the coming New Year the hotel places have been booked by almost 100%. Despite growth in demand, the resort has met the season with problems anyway.
Irakli Mamforia, sales director of Marco Polo hotel told the Commersant that infrastructural problems still exist at the Resort. «Water supply problems are very sharp and this factor seriously frustrates business development. Gudauri is developed, however, much more should be done in this direction», Irakli Mamforia said.
For the coming new year 100% of places have been booked at Marco Polo.
Svaneti Region is getting ready for winter tourism season inauguration. Mestia-Hatsvali cable way will be put into exploitation on December 23 and vacationers will be able to reach the skiing track in the shortest period.
National Tourism Administration says that Mestia is ready to meet tourism season, hotels are also ready to host tourists. However, it is another issue how they will satisfy the needs of vacationers, because the current problems in Svaneti Region are much sharper compared to other resorts.
According to the hotel representatives, water, natural gas and electricity supply problems still exist in Mestia Municipality. The private sector names medical services as the sharpest problem. In case of serious breakdown, patients cannot been treated locally and they are transported to Zugdidi or Tbilisi.
Tea Zhorzholiani, owner of Ushba guesthouse, says that the region has serious problems with electricity supply and medical services. «The hospital lacks for trauma and various specialists, however, the working process continues in this direction. The hospital lacks for corresponding equipment. First medical aid is available, however, patients are transported to other cities in case of serious problems», Tea Zhorzholiani noted.
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Sandro Onoprishvili, head of Ski Resorts Development Company says that a development action plan is being prepared for all existing and potential resorts and this document will be a certain guideline for investors.
“The world’s one of the best companies from Canada has prepared Gudauri development plan. The mentioned company has projected more than 1000 resorts. At this stage, the plan is at Ministry of Economy. We think multi-storied hotels should not be built in Gudauri. As to Mitarbi, we are waiting for the development plan to launch the resort active construction works. Mitarbi has potential to become one of the special resorts in Europe. Goderdzi resort has the development regulation plan and the resort is being developed due to this plan”, Onoprishvili noted.
Bakuriani did not have good conditions for construction and the construction process was carried out chaotically, but the situation has changed now. Svaneti Region development plan will be ready in February 2018 and the project will be introduced to make Tetnuldi more attractive destination for the world, Onoprishvili said.
Mulakhi community unites 11 villages. It is a unique community and economy and business should not intervene at high paces and distort the villages. WE should should tender approaches and that’s why we are waiting for the plan”, Onoprishvili said.