A Forum to promote regional tourism in Georgia
On August 21st, 2020, the Local Democracy Agency Georgia held the Forum of Regional Tourism of Racha-Lechkhumi Lower Svaneti in Ambrolauri, with the aim of promoting the tourism and the agro-touristic opportunities of the region.
Among the guests present at the Forum, we mention Danielle Meuwly Regional Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Southern Caucasus, Anna Chernyshova, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative in Georgia; Mzia Giorgobiani, Deputy Minister of Regional Development and Infrastructure of Georgia; Giorgi Gonadze, Deputy of Acting state representative of Racha-Lechkhumi Lower Svaneti region; Dimitri Khorava, Head of Investment Department at partnership fund; Medea Janiashvili, Deputy head of the National Tourism Administration of Georgia; David Melua, Executive Director of the National Association of Local Governments.
The first part of the event was dedicated to panel speeches, focused on the future of tourism in Georgia, the main challenges after covid-19 and the high potential in tourism of the Racha-Lechkhumi Lower Svaneti region.
The second half of the Forum was dedicated to the exhibition-sale of products crafted by local entrepreneurs and farmers, while a dedicated space was arranged to showcase the works of local artists and craftsmen, everything accompanied by the music played by local folk groups.
Regional Tourism Forum of Racha-Lechkhumi Lower Svaneti was organized by LDA Georgia within the framework of the project “Racha-Lechkhumi and lower Svaneti Regional Development Initiative”, which is undertaken within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) “Fostering Regional and Local Development-Phase 2” project, with the financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC), the Austrian Development Cooperation (ADC) and the Government of Georgia.