Following the international tourism business forum held in Tbilisi on November 5, organized by Pro Vision, founder of Aya Travel and Aya Estate, the two foreign businessmen behind the company’s activities – Owner and Director of Pro Vision and Aya Travel, Mr. Bassam Jaafar and Dr. Fawad Qasim Wasil, CEO of Aya Estate – elaborated on their expectations related to their activities on the Georgian market and their future plans, which include attracting foreign investments even more actively to strengthen the economy, and promoting the country internationally among investors and tourists.
Mr. Bassam Jaafar claimed that the main aim of the tourism forum was to connect foreign businessmen and investors with Georgian investors in various directions, mainly in terms of tourism, real estate, and education.
“The forum was held for the first time this year; however, our goal is to make it annual and more large-scale,” he claimed, “Regarding our expectations and why we chose Georgia, the answer is that it is an excellent opportunity to invest in. Secondly, it is a great land! Moreover, the Georgian government is open to foreign investments and gives businessmen opportunities to act.”
When asked to assess the local business environment and cooperation with other companies, he claimed that Pro Vision doesn’t take them as competitors, “because we bring to the country what they need, thus doing common and mutually beneficial work for the economic development of Georgia.”
“This is the development of the Georgian companies that motivates investors to invest here. That’s why we don’t consider local businesses as competitors. We are only competing with ourselves in order to do something better,” he added.
Mr. Bassam Jaafar also noted that the company is constantly focused on bringing innovations and modern technologies, and the Floating Island project is also a part of this direction.
“Imagine that, in a few years, the country will boast such a modern tourism attraction. Official proceedings to get the necessary permits have already been started, after which we’ll be able to start obtaining funds and investments more intensively. Our goal is to do it here in Georgia and further strengthen the country’s tourism potential,” he stated.
Dr. Fawad Qasim Wasil, who has been living in Georgia almost a decade, noted that Aya Estate is not actually a brokerage or real estate company, but an investment fund, the activities of which are aimed at attracting foreign direct investments to Georgia.
“Over the next few years, Aya Estate is planning to continue to attract foreign investments actively to help the country prosper. Further, we’re planning to build a floating island, which is an innovation for the entire world, to create even more tourism opportunities for Georgia than Gulf, Dubai. The movable island will be arranged in Batumi, in the Black Sea, and we’re planning to complete this project in the next few years. We believe that it will make Georgia an even more interesting destination for tourists from all over the world.
“Moreover, we’re planning to set up a center to help Georgian students go on exchange programs in the UK, America, and Europe, to assist them in receiving more diverse knowledge from the leading educational institutions worldwide.
“Importantly, we’re planning to bring industrial zones to Georgia, which itself will also increase the economy,” Aya Estate’s CEO explained.