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A million tourists expected in Georgia in 2008

By M. Alkhazashvili
(Translated by Diana Dundua)
Monday, February 4
The government is predicting that one million tourists will visit Georgia this year.

Official figures indicate the tourist industry is burgeoning rapidly, although these are notoriously unrealistic. Last year, the Department of Tourism claimed close to a million chose to holiday in Georgia, ostensibly showing one of the government’s key priorities—tourism development—to be a huge success.

One million tourists would amount to more than 10 000 visitors arriving each day during peak season.

Meanwhile in Armenia, the National Statistics Department estimates that over half a million tourists visited the country in 2007, a 33.5 percent increase on 2006 figures, according to the news agency Regnum.