45,000 ARMENIANS EXPECTED TO SPEND SUMMER VACATIONS IN AJARIA
Sept 05 2006
BATUMI, SEPTEMBER 5, ARMENPRESS: Some 45,000 Armenians are expected
to have spent their summer vacations in Georgia’s autonomous region
of Ajaria on the Black Sea coastline by the end of September. The
anticipated figure will be up from 20,000 in 2005.
During a meeting with Armenian ambassador to Georgia, Hrach Silvanian,
the region’s prime minister Levan Varshalomidze said at the beginning
of September some 35,000 Armenians had already spent a week or more
in Ajaria’s sea resorts.
The ambassador went to Ajaria to welcome the crew of Cilicia ship,
patterned from a medieval Armenian merchant vessel that arrived in
Georgia after traveling through several seas and will be transported
from there to Armenia.
The region’s prime minister said the growing number of Armenians
choosing Ajaria as their vacation destination has brought about the
necessity of opening a Armenian consulate in its capital Batumi.
The prime minister also promised to instruct Batumi municipality to
help fence the Armenian church of Batumi.