The FINANCIAL -- Caucasus Travel, incoming tour operator in Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, is proud to announce that the company has become an official representative of a British concierge company, Quintessentially Group in Georgia and in the whole South Caucasus.
“2017 is a year of grand progress of Caucasus Travel as the company has become an official representative of Quintessentially exactly this year. This is a global lifestyle and concierge service provider company that is oriented on high class customers and luxury services. We are very honoured and proud to be Quintessentially’s official representatives in the whole South Caucasus,” said Maia Kiknadze, Director of Caucasus Travel. From last-minute restaurant reservations and bespoke travel itineraries, opera and theatre tickets, to international property searches and accessing private schools and tutoring - Quintessentially is the preferred service chosen by those who are keen to enjoy the very best life has to offer.From now on Caucasus Travel will offer the same service to its dear customers in South Caucasus. Meanwhile, Caucasus Travel has been actively involved in advertising campaigns on international markets. The Company participated at about 30 exhibition-fairs in different countries, such as ITB Berli, WTM London, TTG Rimini, Holiday Fair Brussels, IMEX Frankfurt, IBTM Barcelona, KITF Kazakhstan, ATM Dubai, COTTM China, ITE & MICE Hong Kong, Top Resa France, Ferien Vienna. Also, Caucasus Travel organised number of introductory tours in Georgia and road shows around the world.
Caucasus Travel has been a leading incoming tour operator specialised in cultural, adventure and tailor-made tours for groups and independent travellers to Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan since 1991. Today, Caucasus Travel is the company of choice for more than 200 tour operators, travel agencies, incentive houses, conference organisers and professional associations all over the world.
The high professionalism of staff, reliability, innovation, perfection of product and high quality services have always been the basis and guarantee of numerous clients’ satisfaction.
Caucasus Travel offers all-inclusive tours: cultural; adventure; religious; photography and filming; ecological; wildlife; scientific expeditions; youth camps; 4X4 Jeep Safari; agricultural; wine tours, etc.
At the same time, Caucasus Travel is diverse in terms of its services. Cruises, Business Travel Assistance & FIT services offer hotel reservation, guide service, car rental, technical assistance, and Management of Incentive Groups.
After successful completion of the year 2016, for which Caucasus Travel won a Golden Brand Award for the second time, the company started the year 2017 with high expectations.
Q. Georgia finally enjoys the visa-free regime with the European Union. What positive developments to you see on the market since then?
A. Visa liberalisation itself is a very positive achievement for Georgia.
Despite the fact that our company is involved in incoming tours and visa waiver does not affect us directly, it still influences our business in a positive way. Visa liberalisation raised the awareness of Georgia on international level and importantly improved its image. It brought the feeling of reliability and stability among the customers. Visa waiver eases the international communications. Now there is no need to plan your business trip long time earlier and the procedures are also easier.
Q. In general how would you asses Georgia’s visa policy? Are there any obstacles in this direction?
A. Georgia has visa-free regime to almost every countries which are target markets for Georgia. Accordingly, the existing visa regime does not create any problems neither for us nor for the tourists.
Q. How tourism-friendly Georgia is and what are the directions that still need improvement?
A. With its culture and history Georgia definitely is a tourism-friendly country. There is a huge progress in developing tourism environment in Georgia which requires involvement of not only the state institutions but the society as well.
One of the major problems is public transport for individual travellers and the drivers, who do not obey the traffic rules. Movement in the city is another problem. There are lots of traffic jams caused by chaotic traffic and faulty transport fleet. Pollution – citizens often pollute the streets, throw garbage in the streets. Imagine, you arrive to foreign country and see how the streets are full with trash. This is not pleasant to see. Service standard and quality at food objects and especially in the regions – this is also a problem in Georgia. All these problems can be solved by the society. If we pay more attention to the environment where we live and really want to show our hospitality traditions, we need to care about all above mentioned problems. In general, I would say that the tourism is developing in a right way in Georgia. Many good projects have been implemented recently that positively impacted Georgia’s international publicity.
Q. How many tourists did Caucasus Travel host in 2016 and mainly from which countries?
A. About 10,000 tourists arrived in Georgia thanks to our company last year, which was about 10 percent growth year-on-year. Mostly tourists came from the United States, Great Britain, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, Russia, Japan. We offer them to explore capital city Tbilisi and some of iconic areas of Georgia such as Mtskheta, Kazbegi, Kakheti, Gori, Uplistsikhe, Svaneti – which is favourite destination – Adjara region, Kutaisi. Tourists are mostly attracted by human factors, communication, hospitality of Georgians. Georgian cuisine is their favourite with Georgian wine of course. Tourists easily fall in love with Georgia’s historic-cultural sightseeing, nature and landscape.