Number of foreign visitors in protected areas of Georgia increases
Baku, Azerbaijan, September 14
By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:
A positive upward trend in the number of visitors to the protected territories of Georgia continues, Trend reports with reference to Ministry of Environment Protection and Agriculture of Georgia.
According to data for the eight months of 2019, the number of visitors in protected areas increased by 8 percent (up to 889,321 visitors), compared with the same period of the previous year.
In the first eight months, most visitors visited Martvili Canyon, Kazbegi National Park, Prometheus Cave, Okatse Canyon, Tbilisi National Park, said the ministry.
For the first eight months of 2019, revenues from ecotourism amounted to 7.83 million lari, which is 27 percent more compared to the same period last year. In recent years, 20 million lari has been spent on the development of protected areas.
In addition, this year a natural monument was opened for visitors - Okatse Waterfall where ecotourism infrastructure was organized and a center for visitors was built. The Monument has been hosting guests since May, and for four months it has been visited by 16,000 people.
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