Georgia receives $1.1 billion from international tourism in first half of 2017
Tuesday, November 7Georgia hosted more than 6.4 million international travelers during the first 10 months of 2017, says the head of the National Tourism Administration.
Giorgi Chogovadze said that a total of 6,430,824 international visitors entered Georgia in January-October of this year, which is 1,016,180 (or 18.8 percent) more than in the same time period of last year.
Of these, 3.042.907 visitors stayed in Georgia for longer than 24 hours, which is a 28 percent increase compared to 2016.
The countries from where the largest number of visitors came to Georgia in January-October of 2017 were:
Azerbaijan 10.8 percent increase
Armenia 15.8 percent increase
Russia 33.3 percent increase
Turkey 4.1 percent decrease
Iran 122.8 percent increase
From European Union countries:
United Kingdom 40 percent increase
Austria 36.8 percent increase
The Netherlands 34.6 percent increase
France 30.4 percent increase
Germany 29.1 percent increase
The countries with the most significant increase were:
Saudi Arabia 171.5 percent increase
Kuwait 150.3 percent increase
Iran 122.8 percent
South Korea 88.1 increase
Uzbekistan 75.4 percent increase
India 70 percent increase
China 56.9 percent increase
In October alone, Georgia was visited by 607,989 international travelers, which was a 15.2 percent increase compared to October of 2016.
"According to data from the second quarter of 2017, the income from international tourism amounted to $658.7 million USD for Georgia, which was $143 million more (or 27.8 percent increase) than the same period last year, Chogovadze said.
As for the total income from international tourism in the first and second quarters of 2017, it amounted to $1.1 billion 26 percent increase from the last year.
In the same period, tourism was 6.7 percent of Georgias GDP, which is a 5.9 percent increase from last year.
In January-September of 2017, financial operations carried out with foreign cards by international visitors was 1.653.855 GEL a 38.7 percent increase from the last year.