BAKU, Azerbaijan, November 12
By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:
For the first time, the number of international travelers (who stay in a country for more than six months not for tourism, but for the purposes of education, employment, family reunion, etc.) visiting Georgia during ten months exceeded eight million, Trend reports citing Georgian National Tourism Administration.
From January through October 2019, the number of international travelers in Georgia increased by 6.8 percent compared to the same period last year.
The number of international visitors (non-resident travelers of age 15 or older, who visited Georgia from their area of residence) amounted to over 6.6 million (an increase of 6.2 percent), and tourist visits (visitor who spent at least one night in Georgia) – to over 4.4 million (an increase of 6 percent).
In October 2019, over 782,600 international visitors were recorded in Georgia, which is 8.8 percent more compared to the same period last year. The number of tourist visits reached over 438,800, which is 7.8 percent more compared to the same period last year.
According to the statistics, in October this year, the number of visits from Estonia increased by 79.1 percent, from France - by 51.4 percent, from Germany - by 43.6 percent, from Poland - by 43 percent, and from the United Kingdom - by 31 percent.
Particular growth was recorded from Kazakhstan (an increase of 139.4 percent), Kyrgyzstan (an increase of 66.7 percent), China (an increase of 58.9 percent), Israel (an increase of 56.9 percent) and Saudi Arabia (an increase of 44.9 percent).
The biggest number of visitors were recorded from Azerbaijan (an increase of 7.7 percent), Russia (an increase of 15.2 percent) and Turkey (an increase of 16.9 percent).
The tourism administration said that it conducted active marketing campaigns in the US, in the EU and the Baltic countries, in the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia and Central Asia. An active campaign is currently continued in Israel, Germany, Ukraine, Kuwait and Poland, and the advertisements are sent to National Geographic, Google and CNN.
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