In March, 578,514 international travelers visited Georgia, which is 67,472 more than the same period last year (a growth of +13.2%).
The number of foreign visitors or travelers who traveled 24 or more hours in March equaled 292,017, which is 72,403 more than in March 2017 (a 33% increase).
In March 2018, the number of visitors from Azerbaijan was 133,448, from Armenia there were 109,371, from Turkey there were 100,721, from Russia 91,529 and Iran 58,828.
The positive trend also applies to EU countries, from which the number of arrivals to Georgia increased in the month of March: the United Kingdom + 74%, Germany + 47%, Latvia + 45%, Lithuania + 35% and France + 25%. Exponential growth was observed from the following countries: Israel + 78%, China + 62%, Iran + 46%, India + 43% and the US + 35%.
According to the data for January-March 2018, 1,463,561 international travelers visited Georgia, which is 196,584 more than the same period during the previous year (a growth of +15.5%).
In the first three months of 2018, the number of foreign travelers or travelers who exceeded 24 hours in the country was 659,338, 144,933 more than January-March of 2017 (a growth of + 28.2%).
According to fourth quarter data for 2017, foreign tourism in Georgia amounted to $577 million (growth + 19.9%), which is $96 million more than the same period last year.
In total, in 2017 the total income from foreign tourism in Georgia was $2.75 billion (2,751,279,624) (growth + 27%), which is $585 million more than last year.
The share of tourism in the GDP is estimated at 6.4% in the fourth quarter of 2017. This is a 17.5 % increase compared to the previous year.
By 2017, the share of gross domestic product was 6.9%. The increase is compared to the same period of the previous year + 13%.