Number of international arrivals up in Georgia
BAKU, Azerbaijan, Feb. 14
By Tamilla Mammadova – Trend:
The number of arrivals of international non-resident travelers (someone who moves between different geographic locations, for any purpose and any duration) in the territory of Georgia equaled 9.4 million in 2019, which is 7.8 percent higher compared to the previous year, Trend reports citing National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat).
As reported, most of the arrivals (44.7 percent), were made by travelers of 31-50 age group.
The number of visits (movement of visitors) by international visitors (a traveler aged 15 or above, non-resident of Georgia, who took a trip outside his/her usual environment to Georgia for less than a year) from above-mentioned number made up 7.7 million, which is 7.3 percent higher compared to 2018.
In 2019, the number of international visitors equaled to 6.1 million that is 5.6 percent higher compared to the previous year. International visitors have made 5.1 million tourist-type visits, which is 6.8 percent higher compared to the previous year.
Sixty-six percent of international visitors were only tourists (a visitor whose trip includes an overnight stay in Georgia). The share of excursionists (or same-day visitor, a visitor whose trip does not include an overnight stay in Georgia) amounted to 27.5 percent, while 6.5 percent of visitors were both tourists and same-day visitors.
In 2019, the largest number of visitors (1.2 million) accounted for the Russian Federation, amounting to 20.1 percent of total number of visitors, which is 1.6-percent increase compared to 2018. The largest number of visits (1.5 million) were paid by the citizens of Azerbaijan that is 7.2 percent higher compared to 2018.
The majority of visitors (46.4 percent) belonged to the age group of 31-50 years. The number of women equaled to 39.2 percent of the total number of visitors.
The majority of visits come on Tbilisi and Adjara, 4.1 million and 2.3 million respectively. In 2019, the purpose of the majority of visits (43.5 percent) was holiday, leisure and recreation.
In 2019, the average number of nights spent during the visits equaled to 4.1 nights, which is 1.9 percent lower than the figure indicated in 2018 (4.2 nights).
The expenditures during the visits made in 2019 year equaled to 8.5 billion lari ($2.9 billion), which is a 7.5-percent increase compared to the previous year.
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