Geostat: Number of Georgian travelers taking trips abroad declines

Geostat: Number of Georgian travelers taking trips abroad declines

BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 25

By Tamilla Mammadova - Trend:

A total of 619,900 Georgian resident travelers took a trip outside of the country in the first quarter of 2020, which is 8.5 percent lower compared to the same quarter of the previous year, Trend reports via the National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat).

As reported, people aged 31-50 made for 44.7 percent of outbound visitors. In terms of gender, women comprised 40.4 percent of the total number of outbound visitors.

The most common destinations were Turkey (176,700 visits) and Azerbaijan (104,800 visits), followed by EU member states (15.2 percent), Russia (6.3 percent) and Ukraine (0.8 percent).

Georgian residents spent 332.8 million lari ($104.4 million) while travelling abroad in the first quarter of 2020. The average expenditure of the visit amounted to 735.6 lari ($230.96).

Georgians spent the highest amount of money on food and drinks, followed by shopping and accommodation.

According to Geostat, visiting friends and relatives was the most common reason for travel outside Georgia.

In the first quarter of 2020 the average number of nights spent during the outbound visits was 3.9 nights.

Meanwhile, 96.1 percent of outbound visits were repeat visits, said Geostat. More than a third of travelers (39.6 percent) were very satisfied with travelling abroad.

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