The 3rd Tourism and Hospitality Conference within Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards

On June 4th the 3rd Tourism and Hospitality Conference within Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards was held at the Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi. 

The Conference was opened by Co-Founder/Managing Partner of the Project, Maryna Chayka. She welcomed guests and promised very interesting competition year for Nominees of the Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards 2018. The first Vice Prime Minister/Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Dimitry Kumsishvili, CEO of Partnership Fund Davit Saganelidze, head of Georgian National Tourism Administration George Chogovadze also addressed the guests with the welcome speeches. They spoke about the importance of tourism for the development of our country, in general, as well as for Tbilisi, as one of the major tourist destination in the country, and emphasized the role of each company in contributing to this field.

During panel discussions, the representatives of government and private sector discussed the challenges and opportunities in tourism and hospitality industry, top market suppliers and field experts made presentations on international standards and safety for hospitality industry, and on the importance of digital marketing in tourism. Even more, the organizers of the Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards introduced to the guests new Jury Board, new categories and a lot of other interesting news about the Project. The participants of the Conference had an opportunity to arrange B2B meetings with each other to communicate and to establish useful business connections

More than 350 representatives of respective industry, government officials, international and local experts and media were attending the 3rd Tourism and Hospitality Conference.

The Tourism and Hospitality Conference within Welcome to Georgia! National Tourism Awards Project is an annual business event held in Georgia since 2016 and is unique business platform, where different companies and organizations have an opportunity to exchange information, communicate and catch up with the latest trends and challenges in the spheres of tourism and hospitality, and in Georgian business industry in general.

Project supported by: the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Tbilisi City Hall and Partnership Fund, Co-organizers: Georgian National Tourism Administration and Bank of Georgia. Project’s Independent Auditor – “BDO in Georgia”, General Sponsor – Alliance Group. BUSINESS GEORGIA is a media partner since the establishment of the project.

For more detailed information about the Project, please visit website www.awards-tourism.com




Tech Startup STYX Wins Seedstars Tbilisi 2018

STYX a tech company from Georgia won Seedstars startup competition on May 29. Ten best startups from Tbilisi were invited to pitch in front of an investment panel and compete to be crowned the most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars Tbilisi 2018 in Tech Park.

STYX is a tech-enabled logistic company that instantly connects shippers with carriers via mobile app and SAAS platform. “We found the way that help carriers grow their businesses on their own terms. Shippers do not get inflated prices and can track their freight 24/7”. Using STYX website and app is free for everyone, company only charges carriers when they earn money.

STYX does not participate in pricing. The startup will join the global Seedstars Family and take part in the regional and global Seedstars Summits that include our tried and tested bootcamp and investor forum. It’s a catalytic platform for high growth emerging market startups.


Mydoc.chat and gamasin.ge took third and second places respectively.


BUSINESS GEORGIA is a media partner of Seedstars startup competition.



Seedstars Tbilisi 2018 to be held on May 29 in Tech Park

BUSINESS GEORGIA as a media partner of the Seedstars 2018, is ready to support all startups in Georgia by spreading information for developing local business activities.


Alliance Group Holding Extends 3-year Contract with Seedstars and on May 29 the 10 best startups from Tbilisi will be invited to pitch in front of an investment panel and compete to be crowned the most promising seed-stage startup of Seedstars Tbilisi 2018 in Tech Park.

The winning startup will join the global Seedstars Family and take part in the regional and global Seedstars Summits that include our tried and tested bootcamp and investor forum. It’s a catalytic platform for high growth emerging market startups.

In addition to seeing the top startups pitch, you can look forward to an event filled with disruptive tech, inspirational discussions, networking sessions and one flight ticket for the winner to come to Switzerland to compete for over $1mn in investment.

“Today’s innovative ideas lead to revolutionary development of different sectors of the companies. The countries that have such innovative companies created and the adequate environment of development, are significantly more competitive. This is the main advantage of developed countries. Georgia should be actively involved in these processes, to draw and quickly adopt other countries well-tested and approved practice.” – Says Aieti Kukava, Executive Director of “Alliance Group Holding”.

To apply for the competition the startups need to be fluent in English and meet the following criteria:

  1. Be less than 2 years old
  2. Have raised less than USD 500 000 of funding to date
  3. Have an MVP and have regional & global scalability potential

If you are relevant startup, join us and register:

To apply: https://seedsta.rs/tbilisi18_apply

Invitation code: ssw-tbilisi-2018-af

Registration deadline: May 24  at 00:00.

Event Agenda

Last Year Participants


For more information please visit: https://www.facebook.com/Seedstarstbilisi/?hc_ref=ARRM7aPWQBNCKYfJxY7RyUnjxwKTwLYnwGRnjeaT75ao5BbzTd2Kd-kxQXgQDKnWgRw&fref=nf




Georgian wine is the winner of famous French wine competition

Georgian wine’s another success in a prestigious French wine competition with a gold trophy and two gold medals.

Winery Khareba won three major awards at the Citadelles du Vin competition in France’s wine-famous Bordeaux region.

Famous wine  competition is held Every year in May more than 50 of the world’s top wine tasters meet in Bordeaux for several days to elect the best wines from over 1,200 samples coming from about 30 countries.

This year Winery Khareba’s semi-sweet red wine Kindzmarauli 2014 won a gold medal and a gold trophy. Another wine from the same company, a dry white wine Mtsvane 2015 also won a gold medal.

With more than 75 percent of foreign wines, the Citadelles du Vin competition is one of the most prestigious global competitions and embodies a true flagship for the global wine industry.

Citadelles du Vin is a member of the VINOFED, which is the World Federation of Major International Wine and Spirits competitions. The VINOFED unites seven major wine competitions in the world, including Citadelles du Vin.

Prime Minister’s Speech

The Trans-Adriatic Pipeline construction Ceremony was initiated  in Greek city Thessaloniki.

Within the frames of the stage 2 of the Shah Deniz Project in Caspian Sea, the Shah Deniz Consortium adopted a decision regarding construction of South Gas Corridor that envisages transportation of gas to Italy through Azerbaijan, Georgia, Turkey, Greece and Albania. The overall length of the pipeline is 3460 km and the cost of the project is 45 billion USD.

Trans-Adriatic Pipeline is part of the above mentioned route that covers Greece, Albania and South Italy through Adriatic. The overall capacity of the pipeline is 10-20 cubic meters.

Within the auspices of South Gas Corridor, Georgia is a strategic partner. Construction works aimed at expansion of the capacity f South Caucasian Pipeline have already been launched. 2 billion USD will be invested in the project. 400 million USD will be utilized to purchase goods and services in Georgia. As a result, the capacity of the pipeline will increase from 6 to 16 cubic meters. The length of the South Caucasus Pipeline is 690 km. 2000 people will be employed at various stages of the construction works, whereas 130 new working places will be created after the completion of the project. Starting from 2019, thanks to the project, Georgia will receive additional volumes of gas at preferential rates. Starting from 2020, Georgia will receive around 1 billion cubic meters of gas.

Winexpo 2016 in Georgia!

WINEXPO GEORGIA 2016 –its 3 day event being held on 3-5 June, 2016 already 9th wine and spirit fair in Georgia.  This event is supported by Ministry of Agriculture of Georgia and National Wine Agency of Georgia.

The importance of winexpo Georgia is enormous for Georgian agriculture, its  the only event in the whole Caucasus Region, presenting full range of wine industry, products and services. So it’s a unique chance for producers and exporters to build success in the New Market of business opportunities.


A wine revival at the foot of the Caucasus. Georgia has all the makings of the next great wine destination: the world’s longest-running unbroken wine tradition (underground fermentation in clay vessels), hundreds of indigenous grape varieties, stunning landscapes and a band of vintners espousing natural methods. Its output has all become easier to sample, too, thanks to wine bars in the capital, Tbilisi (Konka, Vino Underground), a marked wine trail in Kakheti
and wineries (Pheasant’s Tears, Iago’s Winery, Winery Khareba) serving traditional and modern Georgian cuisine. Those varietals will be feted this year at four major events: the New Wine Festival, Wine City Tbilisi at Tbilisifest, Telavino and the Tbilisi Cheese Festival. Taste Georgia, a new local venture, can arrange food and wine tours, private meals with winemakers and tastings in Kakheti and beyond. – Robyn Eckhardt

CSR business georgia


People socialize. And it is, by all means, a permanent process of receiving and distributing norms, customs and ideologies. They provide an individual with the habits and skills which are vital for contributing within its own society. Hence, any healthy society also considers ethics as essential mechanism of communication between individuals. No doubt, it is an inevitable aspect of everyday life, and same comes with business activities and their methods. That is why the idea of Social Responsibility continues to be so actual for today’s society as a whole.

Creating Shared Value (CSV) is a business concept suggesting to draw deep links between the business strategies and corporate social responsibility. Meaning that the competitiveness of a business and the well-being of the communities around it are mutually dependent. Since companies need a productively functioning workforce it is in their interests to thrive for
society’s development. For example, companies may sponsor the projects which aim to deliver health services, food quality research, or water resources distribution.

To find out more about corporate social responsibility, also to see which are top 0 companies with the best CSR reputation, read Business Georgia in October.