Tourism
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Georgia Hosted 1.7 million Visitors in 2020

The 2020 inflow of visitors has declined by an annual 81%. Namely, the country hosted 1.7 million visitors in 2020, down from 9.4 million visitors in 2019.

This segment comprises tourists, transit visitors, and all other categories arriving in the country, the National Tourism Administration reports.

The main part of these visitors, namely, 1.3 million ones, arrived in Georgia in January-March 2020, before the full pandemic lockdown. The April-September period mainly recorded visitors engaged in cargo transportation activities. Ultimately, around 1 million tourist visits were recorded in Georgia in 2020, including 700,000 one-day visitors and transit visitors.

The biggest inflow of tourists was recorded from Turkey (335,949). Azerbaijan ranks second with 295,175 visitors and Armenia is third with 261,295 visitors.

The inflow of tourists that stayed in the country for around 24 hours declined by 79% compared to 2019.

Table: Ten countries, from where Georgia hosted the biggest inflows in 2020.

Country

2019

2020

Change in %

Turkey

1,156,513

335,949

-71%

Azerbaijan

1,526,619

295,175

-80.7%

Armenia

1,365,048

261,295

-80.9%

Russia

1,471,558

209,169

-85.8%

Ukraine

207,667

42,428

-79.6%

Israel

205,051

25,791

-87.4%

Iran

141,997

17,053

-88%

Uzbekistan

16,785

14,470

-13.8%

Belarus

66,174

14,340

-78.3%

Kazakhstan

103,611

13,779

-86.7%