Georgia hosted 763,729 international travellers in September 2017, which was a 20.9 percent increase compared to the same month in 2016, show data from the Georgian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Last month 380,895 tourists* spent time in the country, making for a 24.8 percent year-on-year (y/y) increase.
The highest number of visitors who came to Georgia in September 2017 were from:
· Russia (32 percent increase)
· Azerbaijan (15.6 percent increase)
· Armenia (11.8 percent increase)
· Turkey (10.5 percent increase)
· Ukraine (0.2 percent increase)
Meanwhile, during the first nine months of 2017 Georgia hosted 5,822,835 international travellers (19.2 percent increase). In the same period the number of tourists increased by 28.8 percent.
A positive trend was also maintained by visitors from the European Union:
· United Kingdom – 33 percent increase
· Germany – 32 percent increase
· France – 29 percent increase
· Poland - 21 percent increase
· Lithuania – 18 percent increase
As for other countries, number of visitors increased from Israel (35 percent), Kazakhstan (17 percent), Uzbekistan (93 percent), Belarus (30 percent), and the United States (26 percent).
A total of $1.85 million was generated from international tourism in Georgia in the first eight months of 2017, which was 29.1 percent more compared to the same period of 2016.
Ed. - *Tourists are considered individuals that spend more than 24 hours in the country.