Tourism in Georgia continues to surge
According to the Georgian National Tourism Administration (GNTA), in July alone, Georgia hosted nearly 1 million (982,487) international travelers. This represents a 28.5 percent increase compared to the same month of 2016.
In June, 519,349 tourists visited the country, which is a 33 percent (y/y) increase.
As has always been the trend, most of the tourists visiting in July were from neighboring countries, with the majority coming from the Russian Federation, followed by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Iran.
Nevertheless, an increasing number of visitors from the European Union continued to find their way to the country, led by visitors from the Netherlands (43% increase), the United Kingdom (34% increase), Germany and France (33% increase respectively).
Overall, during the first seven months of 2017, Georgia hosted nearly 4 million international travelers (3,978,657), representing a 16.8 percent increase from the same period last year. Of those, 1,829,331 of them were tourists (tourist are those who spend more than 24 hours in the country).
In only the first quarter of 2017, a total of $434.6 million was generated from international tourism in Georgia, which is $82 million more compared to the same period of last year.
In the first six months of 2017 international travelers spent ₾951,335 using their foreign bank cards, which was an annual increase of more than 33.5 percent.