Batumi, the capital city of Ajara, an autonomous republic of Georgia, is situated on the coast of the Black Sea just 3 kilometers from Turkey. With a population in excess of 170,000, the city has been undergoing rapid development in recent years. Real Estate Publishers (REP) interviewed Levan Varshalomidze, Chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Ajara, to find out what's happening and what's on the horizon.
By Bernd Struben, Senior Editor, REP
Among completed projects I would mention first the projects that, in a miraculous way, have improved our tourist infrastructure and the appearance of Batumi itself. These are two five-star hotels: the Intourist Palace and the Sheraton, Batumi Piazza, which is a very beautiful project of Italian style architecture. Other important recent projects include the Batumi Plaza, a commercial and residential building, and the Georgia Palace Hotel, a five-star hotel in Kobuleti. Also I should mention the Radisson Hotel, the Boutique Hotel, the Batumi Dolphinarium, and the Palace of Justice. Batumi Boulevard was recently expanded considerably with various alleys, exotic trees, 'singing' and 'dancing' fountains, making the night-time in Batumi colorful and exciting. I should also add the Tsitsinatela Amusement Park near Kobuleti, which is a favorite place for kids and young people. Another very special project completed recently was the renovation of the old city part of Batumi. There are a lot of new attractive places for entertainment as well: very nice restaurants, casinos, cafes and night clubs that make a visit to Batumi an unforgettable adventure. The renovation of the Batumi Botanic Gardens, which is one of the biggest in the world, and the creation of four protected areas around Batumi with unique nature contribute to the attractiveness of the region.
The success can mainly be attributed to Batumi's rapidly growing hospitality market. An increasing number of visitors has resulted in high demand for accommodation and entertainment facilities. Recent reforms that took place in Georgia