On 14th April 2011 9th Meeting of Working Group on Tourism at the level of the Heads of respective Institutions took place in Tbilisi, Georgia with the participation of the Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Mrs. V.Kobalia, Head of Tourism Department of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. A.Ismyev, Head of Tourism Agency of the Republic of Moldova Mrs. L.Dumitras, Acting Chairman of the State service for Tourism and resorts of Ukraine Mr. S.Semkin, representative of the Japanese tour company “JATM” Mr. D.Hada, Undersecretary, Deputy Ministry of Culture and Tourism of Turkey Mr. N.Gul, GUAM Secretary General Mr. V.Chechelashvili and GUAM Program Coordinator Mr. S.Temirov.

During the Meeting the issues of GUAM joint tourist product implementation in interaction with Japan were discussed, with emphasis on organization of informational and press-tours for Japanese tourist companies and representatives of mass media.

As an outcome of the Meeting, Tbilisi Declaration of the Heads of institutions, responsible for tourism development, and new GUAM-Japan joint tourism product implementation Action Plan were approved. On 15th April 2011participants visited city of Batumi and get acquainted with its tourist potential.