According to the Georgian Economy Minister Dimitri Kumsishvili, revenues of the tourism industry received from Russian tourists in Georgia amounted to more than $315.3 million in January-August period of 2015.
In January-August of 2015 the number of visitors from Russia increased by 15% compared to the same period of last year. During the first eight months of 2015 642, 934 Russian visitors came to Georgia. The number of visitors from Russia grew due to the restoration of direct regular flights between Georgia and Russia interrupted in 2008, says Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.
“Visitors from Russia are solvent and their contribution to the economy of Georgia in January-August 2015 amounted to GEL 756.7 million,” the head of the Department states. Kumsishvili also notes that in January-August 2015 passenger air transportation to Russia increased by 92% in comparison with the same period of last year.