About History – Tourism in Georgia in Soviet Times

During the Soviet era, Georgia was the “Riviera of the Soviet Union”, with 3 million visitors annually.

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Georgia appealed to Soviet tourists because of its sunny weather, its culture, wines and food, health spas, beaches and skiing.

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Tourism was centrally planned and the market was monopolized by Intourist, a state owned tourism agency that arranged all holiday bookings, itineraries and accommodation.

Stalin's Soviet Union Tourism Advertisements for Foreigners in 1930s (2)

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Tourism Promotion in Georgia in Soviet Times

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Despite Georgia’s popularity as a tourist destination, the republic reaped few benefits because most hard currency earnings from tourism went to Moscow and because Soviet tourists paid little for their state-sponsored “vacation packages.”

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5 Responses to “About History – Tourism in Georgia in Soviet Times”
  1. Peter B. Heimann says:

    I love the Soviet era posters. Is it possible to buy an original one ?
    Thank you !

  2. Are these old posters or current ones? Either way, they’re beautiful!

  3. Love it! I also have some old Soviet posters on my blog. Thanks for sharing!

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