Promoting Georgia in the US - Hello Georgia
Georgia has become an increasingly touristic country that hosts more and more foreign visitors year by year. This sector plays a considerable role in the country’s economy, so every little step in this industry is a big leap for Georgia’s financial conditions and the nations wellbeing. Travel agencies are the key players in attracting tourists and to present Georgia at its best. Hello Georgia is one of the most successful tour operators that aims to promote tourism in the Republic of Georgia.
The company was founded by Shalva Kotashvili, a Computer Science specialist, in 2013 and in a very short time Hello Georgia accumulated significant achievements in the tourism sector. The company has been featured at international exhibitions, signed agreements with such respected companies as Deutsche Bahn, Rail Europe, Amtrak, Thomas Cook, and Expedia. Additionally, in 2015 Hello Georgia was shortlisted in the nomination of Best of Outbound Tour Operator at the International Tourism Competition.
As founder of the company Shalva Kotashvili says a global communication and advertising agency network, Saatchi&Saatsh,i filmed a promotional video for the tour operator, showing what an unforgettable travel destination Georgia would be for American tourists.
Hello Georgia offers a wide variety of tours to its guests throughout the country.
“The tours include but are not limited to: Pilgrimage, historical, cultural, ecological, recreational, musical, historic-ethnographical and others. Each tour is made more attractive with interactive events such as lessons in cooking, Georgian folk music and church chanting, wine-tasting, or an
introduction to the oldest-known method of wine-making. In addition to tours and air tickets, Hello Georgia can also organize charter flights. "For your convenience we are able to offer a good transportation service from convenient locations across the world and the purchasing of tickets to museums and special events at your destination”, - ShalvaKotashvili tells Georgian Journal.
Shalva Kotashvili travelled to the USA and personally established close ties with his American partners. He signed agreements with the travel commerce network www.ccra.com and became its official representative in Georgia as the CCRA Global Market Director.
Currently Hello Georgia’s core mission is to foster the inflow of American tourists in Georgia that the company has pursued successfully over recent years.