Tourism

10 Countries From which Georgia had the Most Visitors in 2016

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In between January and November of 2016, more than 5.8 million foreigners visited Georgia. In comparison with 2015, this is a 7.9% increase in visitors to the country for the same period. Neighboring countries top the list. The number of visitors from Iran increased dramatically by 487% due to the abolishment of visa regulations. The number of Israeli visitors also grew significantly. According to the National Bank of Georgia, in the first half of the year alone, tourists spent 867 million US dollars, which is 13% more than the previous year.

Here are the top 10 countries from which Georgia has the most visitors:

  1. Azerbaijan - 1.4 million visitors

  2. Armenia - 1.33 million visitors

  3. Turkey - 1.17 million visitors

  4. Russia - 980 thousand visitors

  5. Ukraine - 157 thousand visitors

  6. Iran - 142 thousand visitors

  7. Israel - 89 thousand visitors

  8. Kazakhstan - 46 thousand visitors

  9. Poland - 43 thousand visitors

  10. Germany - 38 thousand visitors

November Statistics

458 thousand foreigners crossed the border in November, which is 5.1% more compared to last year. However, only a little more than a third remained in the country for more than 24 hours. The number of those remaining in the country for more than 24 hours in this time period has also grown by 14.1%. Only visitors who stay in the country for more than 24 hours and use the consumer market (restaurants, hotels and etc.) are counted as tourists.

Tourism’s Contribution to the Georgian Economy

According to data of the first half of 2016, 6.9% of the GDP was produced by the tourism sector, accounting for a total of 867 million US dollars. Payment by foreign credit cards amounted to 1.2 billion US dollars, which has grown by 13%.

Despite higher growth in tourism in 2016 in comparison to recent years, it has yet to regain levels experienced in 2007 - 2013. The highest growth indicator in tourism was in 2012: 56%. In 2013, the growth indicator was 21% and in 2014 - 2.3%, due to visa regulations. The growth indicator slightly recovered in 2015, reaching 7%.

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