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Published October 18, 2012, 12:00 AM


Tourists swim and sunbathe Aug. 1 in the Black Sea in Batumi. The transformation of Batumi, an ancient city of 180,000 near the border with Turkey, is a vivid example of Georgia’s drive to capitalize on its tourism potential in a bid to boost the economy in this struggling ex-Soviet nation, where nearly one-fifth of the population lives in poverty, according to conservative estimates. The government has attracted top foreign investors, such as U.S. estate magnate Donald Trump, to build hotels and develop and renovate tourist sites and aggressively marketed Georgia as a tourism hot spot abroad.

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