GEORGIA’S BLACK SEA COAST FUNCTIONAL REGION, ITS ATTRACTION CENTRES AND COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES

the primary goal of the research is to identify and map the competitive advantages of the attraction centres of the Black Sea Coastal Functional Region (BSCFR). Thus, the research answers three strategic questions:

1) what geographic area could be defined as a Black Sea Coastal Functional Region? 2) what is a settlement hierarchy/structure in the region, and 3) which cities are the main attraction centres and why?