Georgia, Tbilisi, October 4 /Trend N.Kirtzkhalia/
Some 507 082 visitors crossed Georgia's state border in September, which is by 15.1 per cent more than in the same period of 2012, according to the statistics of Georgian Interior Ministry.
Around 4075600 visitors have visited Georgia since early 2013, which is by 25 per cent more than in January-September 2012 and this almost corresponds to this indicator for all of last year (98 per cent).
According to the data the visitors are divided as following: tourists - one million 614 thousand 712 visits (39.6 per cent of the total number of visitors, an increase by 18 per cent); transit - 886,504 (21.8 per cent of the total number of visitors, an increase by 59 per cent), others - one million 574 thousand 384 (38.6 per cent of the total number of visitors, an increase by 18 per cent ).
The largest number of visitors in September was still from Turkey (-7.3 per cent), Azerbaijan (+30.5 per cent), Russia (+42.1 per cent), Ukraine (+62.1 per cent) and Iran (- 26 per cent).
The positive trend remains with regard to EU countries. Along with the citizens of the "traditional" countries - Poland, the Czech Republic, Austria, the number of visitors from France, Italy and Germany has incresed (65, 32, 28, 19, 18 and 16 per cent respectively), Central Asian countries - Kazakhstan (39 per cent), Middle East - Israel (35 per cent), and from Eastern European countries - Belarus (60 per cent of growth).
Georgian Interior Ministry also points out the growth of activity of Georgian citizens; exit from the country increased by 24.3 per cent and entry by 23.2 per cent.
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