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Georgia: Black Sea Resort Draws Tourists, Sparks Growth

Date: October 17th, 2012 | No Comments

Following a major restoration effort, the Black Sea resort of Batumi is being promoted as the next hot destination—offering the amenities of coastal Europe without the crowds. From a neglected pothole of a place that lacked running water and reliable power, historic Batumi has been transformed with an architectural facelift and a string of new, [read more]


Date: November 24th, 2003 | No Comments

A swift round of peaceful protests forced President Eduard Shevardnadze from power and life is returning to normal in the capital, Tbilisi. The interim president announced she would repeal the state of emergency imposed days earlier and hold elections within 45 days. Stability is far from guaranteed, however, and Georgia may see turmoil in the [read more]


Date: July 25th, 2001 | No Comments

Travel to the western and northern regions of Georgia should be avoided. The mountainous areas near the border with Chechnya are prowled by bandits, and no one is immune. In August, three Red Cross workers on their way to the Pankisi Gorge, where refugees from the conflict in Chechnya have camped, were kidnapped but released [read more]

Russia and Georgia: Agreement to Reopen Border Crossing Marks Political Thaw

Date: December 30th, 2009 | No Comments

These two countries that fought a brief war in August 2008 have agreed to reopen a border crossing that has been closed for three years. The Verkhny Lars crossing is on the only highway between the two countries that does not go through the breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, where most of the [read more]


Date: July 31st, 2001 | No Comments

Travel to the western region of Abkhazia should be avoided. The area is controlled by separatists who try to impose border controls, including visa requirements, and fighting has been reported. International observers have been kidnapped in the region. Roads are sometimes mined, and the U.S. Embassy cannot provide consular assistance, even in em [read more]


Date: May 30th, 2001 | No Comments

Embassies of several countries, including the U.S., U.K., France and Israel have issued warnings about street attacks on foreigners in Tblisi. Last week alone three Britons were beaten and robbed in the center of the city. The U.S. warning stated that criminals will not hesitate to use their weapons and should not be resisted. Several [read more]

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