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International tourist arrivals up 28.5 percent in June

Tuesday, July 4
Georgia hosted 666,493 international travellers in June 2017, which was 28.5 percent increase compared to the same month of 2016, show data from the Georgian National Tourism Administration (GNTA).

Last month 328,314 tourists* spent time in the country, making for a 43 percent year-over-year (y/y) increase.

Meanwhile, during the first six months of 2017 Georgia hosted 2,996,170 international travellers (13.4 percent increase), including 1,309,982 tourists (29.1 percent increase).

The highest number of visitors who came to Georgia in January-June 2017 were from Azerbaijan (7.4 percent increase), Armenia (16.2 percent increase), Turkey (-15.9 percent decrease), Russia (27.5 percent increase), and Iran (223.4 percent increase).

A positive trend was also maintained by visitors from the European Union:
Austria 54 percent increase
Netherlands - 36 percent increase
Germany 32 percent increase
United Kingdom 28 percent increase
France 23 percent increase
Lithuania 17 percent increase

Exceptional growth in visitor numbers was recorded from the following countries:
Iran 223 percent increase
Uzbekistan 163 percent increase
Saudi Arabia 159 percent increase
India - 133 percent increase
Israel - 48 percent increase
China 41 percent increase

How did Georgia benefit from more visitors?

So far this year, $434.6 million was generated from international tourism in Georgia, which was $82 million more compared to the same period of 2016.

In the first six months of 2017 international travellers spent 786,282 GEL (about $327,348/287,690**) on their foreign bank cards, which was an annual increase of more than 33 percent.

International tourism revenue reached $2.2 billion in 2016, which was $230 million or 11.9 percent more than in 2015.
(Agenda.ge)