Georgians spend 167m GEL on domestic tourism in Q3 2017

Tbilisi was the most visited area while visiting friends/relatives was the most common reason for internal travel in Q2 2016. Photo by N. Alavidze/, 14 Dec 2017 - 14:19, Tbilisi,Georgia

Over one million Georgians aged 15 and older took trips within their home country in the third quarter (Q3) of 2017.

These travellers spent 167 million GEL (about $ 65.24m/€ 55.18m*) in total while travelling in Georgia.

People aged 31-50 were the most avid domestic travellers (361,900 people), while the least people willing to travel were the elderly (59,100 people).

In terms of gender, more women (543,300) travelled around Georgia than men (429,100) in Q3 2017.

Where do domestic travellers go in Georgia?

Tbilisi was the most visited area, while the Imreti region in the country’s west was the second most popular destination.

Here are the top five most visited areas:

  1. Tbilisi – 258,300 domestic travellers
  2. Imereti – 196,300 domestic travellers
  3. Adjara – 189,200 domestic travellers
  4. Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti – 100,300 domestic travellers
  5. Shida Kartli – 83,100 domestic travellers

Why do Georgians travel around their home country?

Most people travelled to another region in Georgia to visit friends or relatives, while the next most common reason for internal travel was holiday and recreation.

The top reasons for internal travel included:

  • Visiting friends/relatives – 536,300 travellers
  • Holiday, Leisure, Recreation – 227,200 travellers
  • Shopping – 157,300 travellers
  • Health and Medical Care – 116,800 travellers
  • Visiting another house (cottage, etc.) – 73,700 travellers

* Currency conversions reflect National Bank of Georgia values as of today.