Wed. Duo: Georgia in the FT; Azerbaijan at Eurovision

We admit that we have a soft spot for Georgia, one of three ex-Soviet countries occupying Europe’s southeastern corner. We were thus quite happy to see the FT’s Special Report on Georgia in today’s paper, Quentin Peel’s article on tourism in Georgia in particular. Slowly, Georgia is readying itself to welcome greater tourist numbers, though, as Peel points out, hotel room availability in Tbilisi lags far behind airport and road infrastructure improvements.

Still on the Caucasian regional tip, we were downright chuffed to learn earlier this month that Azerbaijan will be participating in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest for the first time. Azerbaijan joins its fellow Caucasian nations Armenia (entry year: 2006) and Georgia (entry year: 2007) at the kitsch fest.

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Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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