Information for Participants

 

3rd Euro - Asian Mountain Resort Conference 

“INNOVATIVE STRATEGIES FOR SUSTAINABLE MOUNTAIN TOURISM DEVELOPMENT"

4 - 7 April 2017, Tbilisi, Georgia

Participation

The participation in the Conference is free of charge but registration is obligatory. Participants are kindly requested to register online and also provide information on their travel schedule to help the host make the necessary arrangements for transfers.

Please note that registration will be closed once the number of participants reaches 300. The deadline for online registration is 1 April 2017.

For additional information please contact:

World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO)
Mr. Sascha Stange
Destination Management & Quality Programme
Capitán Haya 42 28020 Madrid
SPAIN
Tel: +34 91 5678167/228
Fax: +34 91 5678220
sstange@unwto.org

Georgian National Tourism Administration
Ms. Rusudan Mamatsashli
First Deputy Head



Tel: +995 322 436999
r.mamatsashvili@gnta.ge

Georgian Convention and Exhibition Bureau
Mr. Tornike Zirakishvili
Head   
 

 

Tel: +955 322 436999
t.zirakishvili@gnta.ge

Working Languages

The working languages of the Summit will be English, Georgian & Russian. Similtaneous interpretation in these languages will be available during the Opening & Closing Ceremony as well as throughout the Sessions.

Visa

In order to enter the Republic of Georgia, all participants are required to present their valid passports with appropriate entry visas, unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. See the list of the countries whose nationals do not require a visa to enter Georgia here. Participants are advised to obtain their visas in advance if required.

Holders of a valid visa for the Unites States, European member states, Schengen Area, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Japan, Iceland, Israel, Canada, Korea, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and UAE may enter the country without a visa.

For citizens of the countries which require a visa to enter Georgia, E-visa option is available. For more information please visit: www.e-visa.gov.ge

Venues, Accreditation and Badges

All participants are requested to collect their badges at the registration desks. The participants shall need their online registration confirmation in order to collect their conference badges at the registration counters on 4 April (14:00-20:00), 5 (8:00-17:00) and 6 April (8:00-12:00) located in the main venue, the Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi.    

Participants must wear the badge in order to attend the sessions and other events taking place during the Conference.

Cultural Visit, Social Program and Optional Ski Excursions

The Conference will host a social programme for the participants and includes a cultural vist, a welcome reception, an evening event and optional ski excursions. The Welcome Reception and the Evening Event are on invitation only and the registered participants will be informed the days before the Conference if they are among the invitees. Further more detailed information will be provided in due course to all registered participants.

Welcome Reception               Tuesday, 4 April,  20:00 - 22:00, Restaurant “Funicular”

Gala Dinner                           Wednesday, 5 April, 20:00–22:00 Restaurant “Gujari”, Mtskheta

The Cultural Visit focuses on Tbilisi's´s rich cultural and built heritage and is scheduled for 4 April:

Cultural Visit: Old Tbilisi Walking Tour, 4 April 12:00-16:00

Conference participants will receive free ski passes, courtesy of the Georgian Mountain Resorts Development Company. Optional ski excursions can be booked individually through different agencies. See more information on ski resorts and mountain destinations in the Information Note. Please find a list of local travel agencies and tour operators here.

Accommodation

UNWTO is not responsible for accommodation arrangements. Booking accommodation is the responsibility of each participant and we kindly ask the participants to make their reservations before 15 March 2017. To benefit from blocks of rooms that have been put on hold for participants of the Conference at special rates (see below) please make your reservation by contacting the hotels via the e-mails or links provided in the Information Note and below.

HOTELS

Room Type

Room Rate Single/Double

Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi (Main Venue)
Address: 29 Shota Rustaveli Avenue.
0108 Tbilisi, Georgia
Phone: + 995 32 72 72 72;
Mob: +955 579 010 701
Deluxe  USD 140 (EUR 130)   USD 170 (EUR 160)
Premium  USD 170 (EUR 158) USD 200 (EUR 187)
Junior Suite  USD 240 (EUR 223) USD 270 (EUR 252)
Executive USD 290 (EUR 270) USD 320 (EUR 300)
Royal Suite USD 2140 (EUR 2022)  USD 2170 (EUR 2051)
Tbilisi Marriott
Address: 13 Shota Rustaveli Avenue. 0108 Tbilisi, Georgia 
Tel: +995 32 277 92 00; Mob: +995 591 704 790; 
Deluxe Room USD 150 (EUR 140)  USD 170 (EUR 160)
Superior Room USD 170 (EUR 160)  USD 190 (EUR 177)
Executive Room USD 190 (EUR 177) USD 210 (EUR 196)
Courtyard by Marriott Tbilisi
Address: 4 Freedom Square.
0108 Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel: +995 32 277 92 00; +995 591 704 790;
Deluxe USD 115 (EUR 100) USD 130 (EUR 121)
Superior Room USD 135 (EUR 126)  USD 150 (EUR 140)
Citadines City Centre Tbilisi
Address: 4 Freedom Square.
0105 Tbilisi; Georgia
Tel: +995 32 254 70 30
Studio Room USD 85 (EUR 80) USD 95 (EUR 89) 
One-Bedroom Deluxe Apartment USD 100 (EUR 93) USD 110 (EUR 103)
One-Bedroom Executive Apartment USD 115 (EUR 107) USD 125 (EUR 117)
Hotel Citrus
Address: #3, 9 April Street.
0108 Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel: +995 32 2550300,
Standard Room USD 75 (EUR 70) USD 95 (EUR 89)
Junior Suite USD 135 (EUR 126) USD 155 (EUR 145)
Radisson Blu Iveria
Address: Rose Revolution Square 1.
0108 Tbilisi, Georgia
Tel: +995 322 40 22 00; Mob: +995 577 717 874; +995 577 24 55 55
Booking: see link
Superior Room USD 145 (EUR 135) USD 165 (EUR 154)
Business Class USD 155 (EUR 145) USD 175 (EUR 164)

Please note: For more details on rates and cancelation policy see the Information Note.

Arrivals and Departures

Tbilisi International Airport is situated 20 km from the city centre. The drive takes 20 minutes. Further information regarding the airport is available on the following website: www.tbilisiairport.com

Tbilisi International Airport offers direct flights to the following destinations:

Amsterdam

Hurghada

Sharjah

Aktau

Istanbul

Sharm el-Sheikh

Almaty

Kiev

Tehran

Astana

Minsk

Tel Aviv

Athens

Moscow

Urumqi

Baku

Munich

Vienna

Beijing

Riga

Warsaw

Doha

Rostov

Yekaterinburg

Dubai

Saint Petersburg

Yerevan

Courtesy Shuttles

The hosts will make arrangements to welcome participants upon arrival at the Tbilisi International Airport. Please look for the “3rd UNWTO Euro-Asian Mountain Resorts Conference” sign at the gate. More detailed information on airport arrangements will be provided in due course.

Day 1: Transfer from Tbilisi International Airport to the designated hotels. Transfer from designated hotels to the Welcome Reception and back.

Day 2: Transfer from designated hotels to the venue of the conference. Transfer from the venue of the conference to the restaurant and back to the designated hotels.

Day 3: Transfer from the designated hotels to the venue of the conference and back.

Day 4: Transfer from the designated hotels to the Tbilisi International Airport.

Usefull Information

Climate
Tbilisi has a humid continental climate, with warm to hot summers and cold winters. The average annual temperature in Tbilisi is approximately 24.4 °C (75.9 °F). The absolute minimum recorded temperature is −24 °C (−11 °F) and the absolute maximum is 40.3 °C (104.5 °F) Average temperature in September is 19°C (66°F) to 26°C (79°F).
 
Local time
Standard Time Zone: GMT/UTC + 04:00 hour

Currency and Banking
The official currency in Georgia is the Georgian Lari (GEL)

Exchange rate as of 8.2.2017: 1 USD=2,64 GEL; 1 EUR=2,83 GEL

Currency exchange is available at banks, airports and major hotels in Georgia. ATM services are also available at most hotels in Georgia, including the Conference venue. 

Credit Cards, Shopping and Tipping
Most shopping malls and big stores, hotels and restaurants in Georgia accept major international credit cards. However, it is recommended to carry some cash since some small establishments and stores may not accept credit cards. Bargaining is a custom in Georgia, and when you visit, make sure you exchange your money for GEL. It will make your stay much more enjoyable. When dining, you will more than likely see a 10% service charge added to your bill. If it has not been added, you can leave a gratuity of around 10 to 15%. 

Language
The native language is Georgian; but most people speak English and Russian. Business meetings are usually held in English

Electricity
The power supply in Georgia is 220-240V/50 Hz (two round pins). Adaptors and converters may be needed if you are traveling from countries that use 110V or other types of plugs.

Local and International Calls

For international inbound calls, the country code is +995, and the area code for Tbilisi is 32.

Tourist Information Georgia
Please see Visit Georgia’s website for more information: http://georgia.travel

Useful Telephone Numbers

Fire/Medical Emergencies: 112

Police: 112

Airport Directory 231 03 41, 231 04 21

Tbilisi Tourism Information Center +995 322 15 86 97

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