Georgia wants to attract Russian tourists
By Messenger Staff
Wednesday, July 6Russian media outlet Kommersant Online published an article recently with the headline 'Georgia needs money from Russian tourists'. This publication followed the latest decision of the Georgian government to issue visas to citizens of all Russia at the border crossing checkpoint. This would enable the Georgian tourism industry to receive visitors from all the regions of Russia. Zemo Larsi border checkpoint was closed by Russia in 2006 for the alleged reason of conducting construction works. In 2009-2010 after the negotiations between Moscow and Tbilisi, with EU mediation, the border crossing at Zemo Larsi was opened for transportation and it was followed by Georgia’s decision to allow Russian citizens residing in the north Caucasus to entertain a visa free regime and now Tbilisi will make Georgian visas available for Russians all over the Russian federation.