She noted that analysts have made a medium-optimistic forecast for the coming year. This is due to the changing conditions.
"We hope for promising shifts, but it is problematic to assess them now. At the same time, conceptually, we believe that stable instability will remain in 2022, when the conditions of entry, border crossing, arrival in the regions, the conditions of stay in the regions can change quite suddenly and in different directions. And this, paradoxically, will contribute to the maintenance of stability and sustainability in organized tourism, because tourists will need support and assistance," said the Head of ATOR.
Main trends in the forecast for 2022:
- The pandemic is unlikely to end. Even if it the number of infected people stops to increase, the mortality decreases and so on, there is reason to believe that the government will not lift the anti-Covid restrictions overnight.
- The introduction of vaccination passports will continue and this will affect the possibilities of movement between regions of the country. This trend reduces a certain segment of demand and strengthens the "gray" market, Lomidze is convinced.
- 2020 and 2021 strengthened the organized tourism market, and this trend will continue in 2022. This is due to the fact that tourists expect that while traveling, they can be "taken care of" if necessary.
- Prospects for inbound tourism are unclear.