0 1 2 3 4 5 L ocated in a region where Europe and Asia meet Georgia is making efforts to attract MICE visitors Tiflis the capital city has a long history yet stands be fore a new dawn The country s communist era can still be sensed at the Stamba Hotel which offers a mix of the traditional and the modern The retro ambience brings to mind its past as a publishing house established in the 1930s The Sheraton Grand Tbilisi Metechi Palace seems predestined for corporate events Georgia s first international hotel it opened in 1991 and was renovated in 2019 From the roof terrace guests have a wonder ful view of the River Kura the historic old town and Mount Mtatsminda Events for up to 1 000 people can be held in what is the largest ballroom of this city of 1 1 million people Trade fairs in Tiflis are held at Expo Geor gia Built in 1958 during the Soviet period the venue is situated in a fine park However the exhibition halls are a long way from each other which would detract from a trade fair that occupied all of them Consequently it is most unlikely to happen and only a few mod ernised halls are used for events The rest are rented out to companies There is around 5 000 square metres of indoor space available for trade fairs conventions and other events as well as outdoor space Renting the build ings out commercially is more profitable and Covid has had a lasting negative impact Be fore Covid Expo Georgia was organising a dozen trade fairs but this has fallen to eight currently Our most important event is the construction exhibition explains Resan Kikava the CEO of Expo Georgia which was privatised in 1996 That also has something to do with the fact that the construction in dustry is booming Kikava talks of identifying a wave and riding it In the case of the construction exhi bition that involves working out what is im INTERNATIONAL GEORGIA Where wine is a constant companion Every guest is a gift from God according to a Georgian saying That is certainly reflected in the friendliness of Georgia s people and the welcome you can expect there

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