Routes Silk Road 2015: Essential Information

Everything you need to prepare for Routes Silk Road.

Routes Silk Road 2015 is the only route development forum that connects CIS, Central and Eastern Europe, Middle East and Asia. The event commences on 5th July 2015 in Tbilisi, Georgia and delegates are guaranteed a busy 3 days whilst on site. So to help all of our attendees we have put together all the essential information you need to prepare.


Located on the south-eastern edge of Europe, Tbilisi's proximity to lucrative east-west trade routes often made the city a point of contention between various rival empires throughout history and the city's location to this day ensures its position as an important transit route for global energy and trade projects. Tbilisi's varied history is reflected in its architecture, which is a mix of medieval, classical, and Soviet structures. Old Tbilisi, with its variety of bars and restaurants, is the nightlife hub of the city.
Things to do in Tbilisi

Our Host

United Airports of Georgia LLC (UAG), is state owned by The Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development. As the airports authority of the state, UAG owns all airports in the country, which includes 3 international, and 1 domestic airport. All of the countries airport terminals have been fully rebuilt, with supporting infrastructure having gone through modernisation programme over the last 8 years.

Our Venue

Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel is located on Rustaveli Avenue overlooking the Mtkvari River in Tbilisi. It’s modern event space spans 826m2, offering ample facilities for all of the event networking areas such as the Airline meeting hall, Exhibition hall, Strategy Summit conference and much more.


If this will be your first time attending Routes Silk Road, please see our dedicated guide for first time attendees.

Up to 40 airlines and 50 airports are expected to be represented – See the full attendee List


Airlines, airports and tourism authorities from the Silk Road region have the opportunity to meet and discuss both new market opportunities and existing services at pre-scheduled Face-to-Face meetings. These meetings are arranged online prior to the event based on delegate requests, and a personal diary is issued on arrival. Scheduling closes on Friday 26th June so please ensure you request your meetings as soon as possible – How to request your meetings
Extra meetings can be requested during the event using our Electronic Extra Meeting System (open for business at 13:00 on Saturday 4 July) – Organising extra meetings at Routes Silk Road


What’s On

Routes events present delegates with as many networking opportunities as possible; in addition to pre-scheduled meetings, there are a number of hospitality events including the Host Welcome Reception and Networking Evening along with lunches and refreshment breaks during the working days of the event: Networking events
This social programme allows business networking in a more informal environment;
See the full itinerary for each day: Event Programme

Complimentary Tours

Sponsored by the Georgian National Tourism Administration; our hosts are offering two complimentary tours for all delegates during their time in Tbilisi.

  1. Old Tbilisi – Metekhi Church, Sulfur Baths & Narikala Fortress
  2. Mtskheta (Old Capital of Georgia) - Jvari Monastery & Svetitskhoveli

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Strategy Summit

Following a welcome address from Kate Aleksidze, CEO of United Airports of Georgia, hosts of Route Silk Road, attendees will hear keynote addresses from Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development & Vice Prime Minister of Georgia and George Chogovadze, Head of Georgia National Tourism Administration, followed by a keynote presentation from Guy Brazeau, Director, IATA Consulting.

The Summit will continue with a number of keynote presentations and panel discussions addressing key air service development issues affecting commercial aviation across the Silk Road region, and the rest of the world. The series of moderator led panel discussions will take place over the course of 2 days.

Ahead of their discussions at Routes Silk Road, we asked a selection of our speakers about their perspectives and opinions on the region’s aviation landscape:

Yolanta Strikitsa, Managing Director, Strikitsa Consulting

Andras Bognar, Senior Manager at ICF SH&E

Route Exchange Airline Briefings

Delivered by senior network planners and exclusively open to attending airports and tourism authorities, Route Exchange Airline Briefings are an opportunity for attendees to gain a unique insight into the planning structure of the airline along with an overview of the carriers, allowing them to view, first-hand, what information the airline requires from the airports and destinations when making route proposals.


If you haven’t done so already, please request your via invitation letter as soon as possible.

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In partnership with our host, we will be providing Airport and intra-event transfers free of charge to all delegates at regular intervals –

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Should you have any queries regarding your attendance Routes Silk Road 2015, please contact Sasha Woodward.