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.