TOURISM IN GEORGIA

Tourism in Georgia is an important component of the economy of Georgia. International tourism is a rapidly growing industry.

2016’s tourist’s numbers reached a record high of 2,720,970 people. In 2017, international tourist arrivals increased again, reaching 3,478,932, with annual revenue of US$2.8 billion (18.1% of GDP)

The number of international travelers visiting Georgia is increasing year-on-year.

A total of 596,703 international travelers visited Georgia in April 2018 of which 278,032 were tourists, show the statistics.

Year-on-year, the number of international travelers (tourists, transit, other) increased by 16.8 percent, while the number of tourists (individuals that spend more than 24 hours in the country) increased by 24.9 percent.

In the first four months of 2018, Georgia hosted 2,060,264 international visitors (15.9 percent increase) and 937,370 tourists (27.2 percent increase).

The most popular season among international visitors is summer. During this season, the number of trips was 2,234,946 (June: 531,224; July: 763,593; August: 940,129), which accounted for 34.5% of all trips.

Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi was the most visited area.

Here are the top five most visited areas:

Tbilisi – 35%

Adjara – 18%

Mtskheta-Mtianeti – 15%

Kvemo Kartli – 12%

Kakheti – 7%

Transport

The largest share of international visitor trips in Georgia, 4,958,039 (76.5%), were by land transport, followed by air transport 1,439,689 (22.2%). Trips by rail and sea were 53,416 (0.8%) and 31,686 (0.5%), respectively. The busiest border was Tbilisi Airport, which saw 1,133,811 trips in 2017, amounting to 17.5% of all trips to Georgia. This was followed by Sarpi (Turkish border) at 17% and Kazbegi (Russian border) at 16.1%.

Countries which are visiting Georgia mostly

Russia is the leader in a number of international tourist trips. The number of trips conducted by Russian tourists is increasing significantly every year. In 2017, the number of tourist visits from Russia reached 825,437, with the growth rate of 35.8%.

The number of trips by European visitors reached 283,312 (an increase of 23.5%), with significant growth from the following countries: Germany (an increase of 28.7%), Poland (an increase of 17.6%), the United Kingdom (an increase of 44.7%), France (an increase of 31.7%), and the Netherlands (an increase of 32.9%).

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