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Giorgi Chogovadze Expects Tourism Sector to Bring Record Indicators in 2018

In January 2018 an inflow of intentional visitors to Georgia rose by 14.8% and number of tourists grew by 23%.

Giorgi Chogovadze, head of National Tourism Administration told the Commersant radio station that the tourism sector will bring record indicators in 2018.

“The last year also brought record figures, because foreign tourists spent 2.7 billion USD. As to 2018, we expect to surpass two important indicators – more than 8 million international tourists and more than 3 billion USD revenues from international tourism”, Chogovadze said.

Our key objective is to attract more number of high-paid tourists and the agency provides active job in this respect, Giorgi Chogovadze said.

“We will continue this strategy to attract more high-paid tourists to this country. We should also develop the sectors that will assist in implementing the strategy, for example, business tourism. We plan to hold more congresses and meetings with private sector in Georgia.

Development of both marketing and infrastructural components is of crucial importance for high-paid tourists. In this case top-level hotels are necessary and Tbilisi and Batumi are leaders in this respect”, Chogovadze noted.

The most part of the visits to Georgia were carried out form the following countries: Azerbaijan, Turkey, Armenia and Russia. Positive tendencies are recorded from EU countries too.