On November 22, 2017 Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards Project together with the Official Sponsor JSC “Bank of Georgia” held a Press conference at the head office of the Bank.
The press conference was attended by – Co-Founder/CEO of the “Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards“ – Maryna Chayka, Head of Retail Business Banking Department in “Bank of Georgia” – Zurab Masurashvili, Georgian National Tourism Administration – Giorgi Chogovadze; Deputy Head of Economic Development Department at Tbilisi City Hall – Alexandre Togonidze; Partner of “BDO Georgia” – Maiko Khachidze and a honor Jury Member Irakli Lekvinadze.
On December 6th, 2017 the Third Official Ceremony of the Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards will be held at the Rustaveli Theatre, where traditionally will be named 20 BEST companies among the different nominations.
Bank of Georgia is an Official Sponsor of the Award Project the second year already and within this partnership two Special Nominations were created: “THE FASTEST GROWING COMPANY OF THE YEAR IN THE SME SEGMENT AWARD” and “THE BEST WOMAN ENTREPRENEUR IN THE TOURISM INDUSTRY AWARD”. Bank of Georgia preparing special prizes for the winners of these two nominations what will be announced at the Official Ceremony.
270 different companies representing tourism and hospitality market from all over Georgia including hotels, travel agencies, festivals and events, restaurants, cafes, wineries, travel photographers are honorably holding the status of Nominee of Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards 2017.
Each nominee was assessed in accordance with internationally recognized methodology by the Professional Jury Board, consisted of experts of international and local travel, culture and hospitality markets, who were separated according to categories depending on the kind of their main professional activity. As a novelty organizers implemented Round Table meetings for the Jury Board for analyzing and discussion of all the processes. As the guarantee of fairness and transparency of the Awards Project Independent Auditor “BDO Georgia” monitored all the processes, calculated the results and based on the points awarded to each Nominee determined the finalists and the winners in each nomination.
The Official Awarding Ceremony is closed event and will host more than 700 guests: all nominees and project partners; government sector, private business, international and local media.
The main mission of the Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards is to encourage tourism and hospitality industry in Georgia and to promote the awareness of the high-achieving tourism business and brands that create a positive image of the country worldwide.
For the third year already Georgian National Tourism Administration of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Developments of Georgia is Co-organizer of the Award Project. Tbilisi City Hall is Official Supporter; Alliance Group is the General Sponsor of the Award Project.