The opening of the Black Sea Arena was a significant event, and it exceeded expectations as the 10 000-seater hall was full, the quality of the concerts was high, and it added a large stream of visitors to Georgia Palace Hotel & Spa, and Kobuleti in general, businessman Temur Chkonia has told GBC.
Mr. Chkonia also openly spoke about the existing problems, and called upon the government to be more attentive.
“In Kobuleti, the problem of cattle roaming the streets and the subsequent unhygienic circumstances remains unresolved, which creates a negative image for the country,” stated the businessman, adding that the said problem has existed for many years, without anything being done about it. Permits and licenses are being issued incorrectly, without much attention being paid to this by either the municipality or other local officials.
“We are talking about historic subjects, yet there has been no change for the better, or even an attempt to improve the situation,” Mr. Chkonia claims.
Another problem identified by him is the unreasonably high prices on services, which discourages new tourists from coming back. He further emphasised problems with transport – chaos, lack of air traffic, and poor scheduling of flights at Batumi International Airport. The businessman is of the opinion that the infrastructure must be improved, and that Batumi needs opens space for concerts, instead of having to hold large events on tennis courts.
“If the government wishes to again implement the Check-in-Georgia project in 2017, then planning must start in January for everything to be well-organised and well-calculated,” stated Mr. Chkonia, adding that while the Minister of Economy supplied businessmen with information about the events and coordinated actions with them, problems with coordination existed at local level.