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Royal couple visit Georgian pavilion in Madrid

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Friday, January 20
Georgia is participating in the International Tourism Fair in Madrid.

For the first time in the history of the fair, King Filipe VI of Spain, accompanied by Queen Letizia, visited the exhibition pavilion.

The King and Queen of Spain were hosted by Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, who is paying an official visit to Spain, and informed them of Georgia's resorts, tourist potential, and ongoing projects.

“The royal family attended the screening of a video about Georgia and took a great interest in Georgian polyphony.

“The King expressed his wish to visit Georgia,” the Prime Minister’s press office said.

Kvirikashvili invited the King and Queen of Spain to attend the upcoming festive events celebrating the anniversary of the restoration of the autocephaly of the Georgian Orthodox Christian Church and honouring the enthronement and birth anniversary of Catholicos-Patriarch of All-Georgia Ilia II.

The Georgian pavilion at the International Tourism Fair in Madrid featured travel agencies offering international visitors different services and tourism products in Georgia.

Together with the Spanish royal family, the Georgian exhibition hall was also visited by UNWTO Secretary General Taleb Rifai.

Rifai said “Georgia is a brand associated with a beautiful country and wonderful people”.

On January 17, Kvirikashvili also met with Florentino Perez, the President of ACS Group, a leading engineering company, and Real Madrid FC.

The Prime Minister introduced Perez to the Georgian Government's four-point reform agenda, with spatial planning as one of its major directions.

Kvirikashvili emphasized that the spatial planning scheme involves the implementation of far-reaching infrastructural projects in the country.

The President of ACS expressed interest in the country's ongoing and planned infrastructural projects and received additional information about them, the PM’s press office said.

“Florentino Perez also expressed interest in engaging in the Anaklia Deepwater Port Project,” the Office announced.