Tbilisite: Alexander Miridonov / Kommersant
Tourism business of Georgia suffered damages in the amount of $ 60 million in July because of the ban on direct flights to Russia. This statement was made by Prime Minister of Georgia Mamuka Bakhtadze. His words leads to “Interfax”.
Bakhtadze said that the government has developed two programmes to support the tourism business in the country, and expressed the hope that agencies will be able to quickly solve problems.
Earlier in June, the Prime Minister stated that Georgia will work to maintain a stable tourist flow of Russians in the country, as the government is concerned about a possible reduction of income.
On 24 June, the economist Beso of Namgaladze felt that Georgia may lose about $ 100 million in the case that along with passenger flights to Russia will be closed to tourists for the opportunity to come into the country through the land border.
On 22 June it was reported that flights between Russia and Georgia completely stopped from July 8. The day before, 21 June, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree prohibiting Russian airlines to make flights to Georgia. In addition, Putin instructed the government to ensure the return of the temporarily staying in Georgia of Russians to their homeland.
The decision of the Russian leader adopted in connection with the protests in Tbilisi. On 20 June, several thousand people stormed the Parliament building. After several hours, the police used tear gas against protesters and rubber bullets, in total affecting more than 200 people.
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