The conference was opened by the welcome speeches of the president of oikos Tbilisi Levan Pangani, the president of oikos international Dawid Wroblewski, Rector of TSU Aleksander Kvitashvili, Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business of TSU, the representatives of the Ministry of Economics and Sustainable Development, the Ministry of Agriculture, Eco-education and Interpretation chief specialist, the head of Georgian Youth Parliament and the vice-president of TSU student self-government.
After the motivating speeches it was time for intensive seminars and workshops. The first two lectures’ topics were about the Green Growth Initiatives and Agritourism Development Perspectives of Georgia. After the interesting lectures parallel workshops were held. oikees shared their countries’ experience and drew up some conclusions. But the day was not over here, after a fourchette Head of Georgian Youth Parliament gave a lecture about youth engagement in Sustainable Development and Tourism. After the productive day everyone enjoyed the nice Georgian dinner.
The second day started with very interesting lectures by the Eco-education and Interpretation Chief Specialists. The participants discovered more about protected areas in Gerogia and gave very useful suggestions how to develop this sphere in Georgia. The academic part of the conference was still going on and three more topics were coming up to discuss. They were the following: Operations of TNCs, the importance of marketing in tourism industry and Green Hostel Chain Concept. The participants got interested in these subjects, got involved in the discussion. The academic part of the conference ended up with an award ceremony. However, the day was not over, participants were brought to an ancient Georgian town, Mtskheta, experienced Georgian National Sufra (dinner) and learned the Georgian national dances.
On the third day, it was time for a trip to Kakheti, where participants could investigate the Georgian Agritourism in real life. We visited agritourism center at Vocational Education and Training Center – “Aisi”. They were an excellent example of Georgian hospitability. Hereby, we thank them for everything they have done for our guests. The participants took part in making fresh baked bread; traditional sausage-shaped Churchkhela, saw the wine making process, tasted the Georgian wine. Everyone left “Aisi” with full of impressions. It was truly a highlight of the day.
After “Aisi”, Kindzmarauli wine factory was on our way, huge factory full of alcohol, (heaven for Polish and Georgians). We had an opportunity to taste Georgian “vodka” – Chacha and wine there. As every trip in Georgia, this event was not exception and it ended with Georgian traditional “Sufra” (feast). At the end of the “Sufra”, the president of oikos international, Dawid Wroblewski, its board members and members thanked oikos Tbilisi organizer team for the conference and wished further success. So, the conference was officially over. We can proudly say that the mission of the conference was accomplished; the participants learnt a lot about our country, its sustainable development perspectives and left the country satisfied with the hope that they will be coming back soon.
In conclusion, oikos Tbilisi wants to thank all the partners and sponsors. Without their massive support the conference would have been the way it was. So oikos Tbilisi expresses its gratitude to each of them:http://tbilisi.oikos-international.org/projects/oikos-cee-regional-meeting/partners.html.