Georgia has been named Foreign Destination of the Year on MATKA 2020

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020 15:57

Georgia 's work for developing and promoting its tourist potential has been recognised at northern Europe's largest travel industry event with the Foreign Destination of the Year award for the country's representation at the Matka 2020 fair.
The Georgian delegation at the 2019 Travel Awards of the fair, held earlier today within its Matka Trade Day that caters to industry professionals, collected the prize in Helsinki from the Finnish Guild of Travel Journalists.
Matka 2020 targets not only the Finnish tourist segment, but Nordic and Baltic countries as well. Nine companies and organizations represented at the Matka 2020 fair includes: Adjara Tourism and Resorts Department, Adjara-Tour Ltd, Georgia in Contact, Caucasus Travel, World Express, Georgian Travel Group, Voyage Tours, APG, Iberia Tours Plus.

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