Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan attended Monday a ribbon-cutting ceremony to inaugurate a hotel in the Georgian city of Batumi.
Erdogan joined Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili to open the Sheraton Hotel Batumi built by Turkey's Nurol Holding.
Speaking at the ceremony, Erdogan said Batumi was one of the most beautiful places in Black Sea region and described the hotel as a shining white star in the city.
Erdogan expressed his belief that Georgia would leap forward in tourism with Batumi.
Georgian President Saakashvili told the ceremony that a very important building was erected in Batumi. He said Turkey and Georgia started the non-visa trips, and described relation as "unprecedented."
Saakashvili also said he was pleased with Turkish businessmen's interest in Georgia, adding that Georgian government was expecting more Turkish businessmen in the country.
Following speeches, Saakashvili decorated Erdogan with Georgian state medal.