Batumi is a seaside city on the Black Sea coast and capital of Adjara, an autonomous republic in southwest Georgia. Sometimes considered Georgia's second capital, with a population of 121,806 (2002 census), Batumi serves as an important port and a commercial center. It is situated in a subtropical zone, rich in agricultural produce such as citrus fruit and tea.
While industries of the city include shipbuilding, food processing, and light manufacturing, most of its economy revolves around tourism.
Batumi is one of the main ports of Georgia along with Poti. Poti and Batumi provide international connections with the Black Sea ports of llichovsky (Ukraine), Varna (Bulgaria), Sochi, Bourgas (Bulgaria) and Novorosiysk (Russia).