Georgian tourism losses due to coronavirus to run 30 million GEL per month
Due to the limitation of air traffic in the last month with Iran and China due to the threat of coronavirus penetration, the losses to the tourism sector of Georgia will amount to about 30 million lari (about 11 million dollars) per month, Minister of Economy and Development of Georgia Natia Turnava said earlier today on 26 February.
Turnava called the restrictions on flights to China and Iran an ‘unpopular, but necessary measure,’ expressing the hope that the world will soon deal with the challenge.
The minister said that despite the global problem associated with coronavirus, the Georgian economy will avoid shocks, it will grow, and the national currency will continue to strengthen.
Turnava also said that if the situation with coronavirus does not change in the near future, the Georgian government will deal with anti-crisis measures.
•Before the threat of the spread of coronavirus, Georgia suspended flights with China at the end of January, and imposed restrictions on flights to Iran and vice versa on February 23.
•According to the National Tourism Administration, in 2019 Georgia was visited by 5 million more tourists than in 2018, which amounted to an increase of 6.8%.
•The share of tourism in Georgia’s GDP in 2018 amounted to 7.6%.
•Thanks to tourism, 140,300 jobs have appeared in Georgia.