Members of the Georgian Government have spoken about the opportunities hosting the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 offers the country.

The Deputy Minister of the Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia, Ketevan Bochorishvili and the Head of the Georgian National Tourism Administration, Giorgi Chogovadze have spoken about the opportunities that hosting the 15th edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest offers Georgia. Ketevan Bochorishvili stated that:

This is an international contest with participants from many countries, which is very important for us. The Contest is broadcast in about 50 countries. This is the very benefit that our country will receive. It will serve to popularize and promote Georgia and result in increased number of visitors and tourists.  I would like to mention that the tourism is one of the priority fields for us. In 2016, we had unprecedented number of international tourists – 6,4 million visitors. It will result in more jobs, more income in our families and more business activities in Georgia

While Giorgi Chogovadze, the Head of the Georgian National Tourism Administration of the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia added:

Georgian National Tourism Administration welcomes the fact that Georgia will represent itself through the one of the most popular TV projects – the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. It will contribute greatly in promotion of our country and generate additional tourist and visitors flow. The Georgian National Tourism Administration is planning to conduct supplementary activities, including inviting the journalists in order to promote our country even more through this project,

The first meeting regarding the preparations for the Junior Eurovision Song Contest 2017 will be held in Georgia from February 22 to 24. At this meeting the initial plans for the contest will be discussed, it is expected that the host city of the contest will be announced.

Georgia have won the contest on three occasions, making them the country with the most victories throughout the history of the contest. Georgia debuted in JESC in 2007 with Mariam Romelashvili and her song “Odelia Ranuni”, where she placed 4th with 116 points. Their first win was just a year later in 2008, with the trio Bzikebi and their song “Bzz”. Their second win was in 2011 with the group Candy and their song “Candy Music”. Most recently in 2016 eleven year old Mariam Mamadashvili performed her song Mzeo in JESC 2016 host city Malta, and took the victory with 239 points. This will be the first time that Georgia will host any Eurovision event.

To date the following countries have confirmed their participation:

  • Belarus
  • Cyprus
  • Georgia
  • Ireland
  • The Netherlands
  • Russia

Source: The Financial