Q1 2022: Georgia hosts 431,300 international visitors

  • Tourists in the Uplistsikhe cave town. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge.

Agenda.ge, 16 May 2022 - 13:07, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia has hosted 431,300 international visitors in the first quarter of the year, with the figure being 4.8 times higher compared to the same period of 2021, the latest data from the National Statistics Office of Georgia shows.

The visitors also accounted for 460,000 tourist visits in the country - 3.9 times higher year-on-year, Geostat said.

89.6 percent of international visitors were only tourists. The share of excursionists amounted to 7.2 percent, while 3.2 percent of visitors were both tourists and same-day visitors", the statistics body added.

The highest number of visitors - 66,800 visitors - was registered from Turkey, amounting to 15.5 percent of the total number of visitors and being 126.9 percent higher compared to the Q1 of 2021.

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The purpose of the majority of visits - 49.9 percent - was indicated as holiday, leisure and recreation. The majority of visits come to the capital city of Tbilisi - 307,800 visits - and the Black Sea coastline Adjara region, with 173,200 visits.

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The average number of nights spent during the visits equalled 6.5 nights, Geostat said.

Expenditures during the visits made in the Q1 equaled ₾1.4 billion (about $0.46b/€0.44b), with average expenditure reaching ₾2,777.8 GEL (about $919.80/€882.60).

Image: Geostat.

The statistics also show the majority of visitors - 50.5 percent - being in the age group of 31-50, with women comprising 33.6 percent of the total number of visitors.

Overall, in the first quarter of 2022, the number of arrivals of international non-resident travellers on the territory of Georgia reached 576,500, which is 4.3 times higher compared to the data from the same period of the previous year. 

International visitors made up 517,300 visits in the reporting period, which is four times higher compared to the data from the same period of 2021.