Five of Georgia’s most impressive protected areas welcomed visitors for free to mark World Tourism Day on Monday, with dozens of museum spaces across the country expected to follow suit on Tuesday.
In order to celebrate the international date, tourism and national park organizations have made all five sites – Prometheus and Sataplia Caves, Martvili Canyon, Okatse Canyon and Waterfall – accessible without entrance fees.
Sites in western Georgia have welcomed those discovering their caves, waterfalls and ancient wildlife sites, as the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) has designated this year’s World Tourism Day. with the theme of “tourism for inclusive growth”.
Two dozen places and 12 museum-reserves will open to visitors on Tuesday without entrance fees. Photo via Georgian National Tourism Administration.
On Tuesday, the movement will be joined by the Ministry of Culture, which will open the doors of its 24 museum sites and 12 museum-reserves free of charge. The ministry has made available the full list of sites and outdoor venues in its social media posting (in Georgian).
From the base of Tbilisi Georgian National Museum and Art Palace, the historic Dadiani Palace in western Georgia and the cave towns of Uplistsikhe and Vardzia, the state cultural body will seek to “promote and expand access to cultural and historical treasures. “.
The free opening of the places for the day should contribute to the declared principle of the UNWTO to see “revive tourism […] help revive recovery and growth “after the damage caused by the Covid-19 pandemic to industry.
In its world tourism day declaration, the United Nations has stressed that it is “essential that the benefits […] benefit widely and fairly “from a revival of tourist activities.