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Georgia's new tourism strategy forecasts 2.5 million visitors


Haleiwa, Hawaii, USA  24 March 2008


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Have you ever been to Georgia? No, not the US state, the European country. If you didn’t even know a country named Georgia existed, then you will probably find this edition helpful in expanding your knowledge of geography. That and you’ll also read about this little known country’s efforts to develop its tourism industry with the help of some very powerful friends. Click to today’s lead story for everything you need to know about “The Georgian Way.”

eTN has made it a policy that companies and individuals who are trailblazing the movement towards a more environmentally friendly tourism industry be rewarded with a feature story. For their excellent work, that company today is called Scandic Hotels. Click to today’s second story to find out why we are commending this European company.

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Georgia Tourism Strategy

Georgia’s new tourism strategy forecasts 2.5 million visitors

By Mamuka Tsereteli and Scott Wayne

On March 12th, the Georgian Department of Tourism and Resorts introduced a new tourism strategy for the country called The Georgian Way.

Developed and presented by the Washington, DC-based America-Georgia Business Council (AGBC) and tourism consulting firm SW Associates, the strategy is forecasting an increase of 150 percent in international tourism arrivals, and over US$1 billion in export earnings by 2015.

“The Georgian Way provides the most comprehensive strategy we have ever had. Launching this strategy is a boost to Georgian tourism and will really help place us solidly on the map of international destinations,” Otar Bubashvili, chairman of the Georgian Department of Tourism and Resorts, said. “We have already begun implementing several of the recommendations.”

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Climate Change

Scandic Hotels phases out bottled water

By Nelson Alcantara

BERLIN (eTN) - In a move to become more environment-friendly, one of Europe’s largest hotel operators, Scandic, has announced it is phasing out bottled water. With 141 hotels in operation and under development, this move is no mean feat and marks another milestone in the company’s environmental work.

The European hotel operator said it has decided to stop selling bottled water in its restaurants and during conferences. The hotel chain calculates that this move will cut fossil carbon dioxide emissions by 160 tons per year. It claims it currently sells around 1.2 million liters of water, equating to 3.6 million 33cl bottles, every year.


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Cambodia develops cultural heritage and eco-tourism

By Mohan Gunti

PHNOM PEHN, Cambodia (eTN) - In recent years, the government of Cambodia has given priority to the development of the country’s tourism industry, focusing on cultural and eco-tourism in order to promote the advancement of national economy and rapid poverty alleviation.

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