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Tourism in Georgia: 2017

In January – December, 2017 the number of international arrivals in Georgia amounted to 7,554,936, showing an increase of 18.8% compared to the same period of previous year. Out of the total number of visits, 3,478,932 lasted longer than 24 hours (+ 27.9%). The majority of foreign travelers were Armenian (+14.8%), Azerbaijanian (+11.2%), Russian (+34.1%), Turkish (-0.8%)  and Iranian (+118.3%).

A positive trend in arrivals was also observed among citizens of the European Union countries. A notable increase was registered of British +39.9%, Dutchman +31.1%, Spanish +29.9%, French +29.6% and German +25.7% travelers. Exceptional growth in arrivals was recorded of citizens of the following countries: Jordan +316.1%, Saudi Arabia +164.6%, Kuwait +154.3%, Iran +118.3%, India +64.1% and China +54%.

TOP 15 countries

The majority of foreign travelers were from these 15 countries:

Country 2016 2017 Change %
Armenia 1,496,437 1,718,016                          14.8
Azerbaijan 1,523,703 1,694,998                          11.2
Russia 1,038,750 1,392,610                          34.1
Turkey 1,256,561 1,246,745                            0.8
Iran 147,937 322,938                       118.3
Ukraine 174,858 193,002                          10.4
Israel 92,215 125,319                          35.9
India 36,410 59,732                          64.1
Kazakhstan 48,849 56,765                          16.2
Saudi Arabia 21,257 56,247                       164.6
Poland 44,436 52,284                          17.7
Germany 40,915 51,445                          25.7
Belarus 37,110 47,984                          29.3
U S A 34,250 42,645                          24.5
United Kingdom 19,198 26,852                          39.9
Countries with minimal visitors

Puerto Rico, French Guiana, Vanuatu, Reunion – from each of these countries only 2 visitors arrived in Georgia during 2017.

Types of  Visits

46 % of tourists stayed in Georgia for 24 and more hours.

Type of Visit 2016 2017
24 hours and 2,720,970 3,478,932
Transit 1,321,344 1,687,289
Same-day visit 2,318,189 2,388,715
Border Types

77.8 % of tourists entered the country from land border and only 0.5% of them used sea border.

Border Type 2016 2017
Land 5182780 5880354
Air 1066597 1565264
Railway 60389 73385
Sea 50737 35933
Borders

Arrivals by Borders :

საზღვარი 2016 2017
Sadakhlo 1,164,810 1,349,403
Sarpi 1,262,799 1,288,915
Airport Tbilisi 845,874 1,247,605
Tsiteli Khidi 1,164,495 1,230,726
Kazbegi 931,924 1,183,987
Tsodna 198,558 224,163
Ninotsminda 193,544 214,227
Airport Batumi 129,718 208,845
Vale 108,561 159,013
Airport Kutaisi 91,005 108,814
Vakhtangisi 68,770 82,720
Kartsakhi 46,003 77,794
Guguti 42,494 68,516
Railway Gardabani 28,385 37,361
Railway Sadakhlo 32,004 36,024
Port Poti 25,786 18,373
Port Batumi 22,694 15,773
Port Kulevi 2,257 1,787
Samtatskaro 499 498
Akhkerpi 323 392

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The Source of the article is Georgian National Tourism Administration

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