Georgia ranked among countries where tourists outnumber locals
The British ‘The Telegraph’ media outlet named Georgia among 51 destinations where tourists outnumber the locals. Georgia was ranked 27th, with a ratio of 1.5 tourists per citizen.
According to the Georgian National Tourism Administration, the The Telegraph publication was based on statistical data from 2015 when Georgia hosted 5.9 million visitors, whereas according to 2016’s data, 6.3 million tourists visited Georgia, which is populated by 3.7 million people.
These figures have further increased this year. As is pointed out in the National Bank’s report, 1.26 million people crossed into Georgia in January-March 2017, which is an 11,4% increase compared to last year. Consequently, the revenues from the tourism sector have also increased by 23%. Revenues from the tourism sector made GEL 435 million in Q1 2017.
As of early 2017, the majority of tourists arriving in Georgia are from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Turkey, Russia and Iran.