Georgian Tourism Steps up
26 September, 2013
Georgian Tourism Steps up
Georgia hosted over three million tourists in the first eight months this year and expects five million by the end of this year. The tourist sector grew by 1% in the total GDP of the country, based on the two quarters’ statistics and Georgia was ranked as the top country with the fastest tourism inflow rate in Central and Eastern Europe in the six-month report of the World Tourism Organization for the year of 2013 in August.
According to Giorgi
Sigua, Head of National Tourism Administration of Georgia, according to the data of the 8-month statistics, the tourist inflow amounted to 3 568 518 persons that translates into 26% growth, compared to the same period last year. The tourism share in Georgian economy grew by 1% up to 7.3% and the accommodation space is also enhancing as the country expects tourist number to reach 5 million by end of this year.
“The main challenge now is an infrastructural development,” Sigua elaborated during the two quarters’ statistic report presentation on 18 September, 2013. “Only invitation of tourists is not sufficient; it is crucial to meet them properly or we will get anti-publicity instead of promotion”.
A 24-hour call center in Georgia is already accessible for the tourists. More than that, booklets containing remarkable tourist destinations in Georgia are handed to tourists as soon as they cross borders and mobile groups playing the role of the information center, move around Georgian capital Tbilisi. Apart from the capital, information centers operate in highland tourist destinations of Kazbegi, Bakuriani and in Samegrelo region.
According to the statistical data, the biggest share of the international tourists comes to Georgia in the summer time particularly in August (this month alone attracted 770 608 international tourists this year). The biggest part of this inflow or 88% of visitors enter Georgia from neighboring countries. However, the figure dropped by 3% compared to 91% of the past year. Turkey is the top country leading the tourist inflow in Georgia; it sent 1 109 920 people this year and made up 18% of growth compared to 2012. Armenia is the runner up: 820 043 visitors came to Georgia this year; the number more than doubled compared to the past year. Azerbaijan sent 686 671 tourists making just 15% of growth. Russian and Ukrainian tourists lag behind other neighbors amounting to 515 989 and 79 542 respectively; however, the tourist inflow from these two countries showed a remarkable growth: the number of incoming Russian tourists in Georgia increased by 54% and number of Ukrainian tourists - by 69%. Tourist current increased from Poland and Iraq as well by 72% and 31% respectively. Sigua hopes to attract more Chinese tourists, who appear to be the top source of tourist market around the globe as they spent USD 102 billion on international tourism in 2012. A Chinese delegation is going to research Georgian tourist potential soon. Sigua hopes to tout Chinese tourists by Stalin, a famous Communist leader of the Soviet Union who was of Georgian origin, born and brought up in Georgia.
“Over 1.3 billion communists live in China. Its third grade school textbooks teach that Stalin is a god. We will sell Stalin as a tourist product in China very well just like Jews do not believe in Jesus Christ but use his name as a tourist product,” Sigua said.

Print
Other Stories
The World Digital Mining Summit to be held in Georgia
The summit is scheduled to take place between 21st-23rd September in the Hualing Hotel, Tbilisi, Georgia.
Galt and Taggart - Tourism Boom Continues in Georgia
Tourism has become one of the key drivers for the Georgian economy. Galt and Taggart has recently published research about the Georgian tourism sector in the first half of 2018.
"The worst dream for Putin is that Russians want to live in Georgia"
This year, visitors to the Adjara region would notice that there is a boom in construction in and around Batumi.
Underground gas storage facility to be built in Georgia
KfW, a German government-owned development bank signed a EUR 150 million promotional loan with the state-owned Georgian Oil and Gas Corporation (GOGC) for the construction of the first underground gas storage facility in Georgia.
New gambling rules for Georgia
Georgian lawmakers are preparing a new draft law relating to online-casinos and gambling that will seek to curb gambling addiction in Georgia.
How expensive is it to visit Georgia?
The Georgian Lari (GEL) is the official currency of Georgia and is the only legal means of payment in the entire territory of Georgia.
Trade with the EU and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) has grown significantly
Trade with the EU and the CIS has grown by 26% and 33.5 % respectively, says GeoStat, the Georgian National Statistics Office.
The unemployment rate decreases in Georgia
The unemployment rate decreased in Georgia by 1,9% and amounted to 12.1% in the 2nd quarter of 2018 compared with the previous quarter,
Memorandum of Understanding to be signed between Georgia and Malaysia
According to the Georgian Ambassador to Malaysia Nikoloz Apkhazava, Georgia plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Malaysia.
“Blauenstein Georgia” due to expand in Georgia
“Blauenstein Georgia” is planning to open more shops in Georgia. It is an agriculture company that sells meat products, meat and convenience food.
The amount of Direct Foreign Investment rises in Georgia
According to the information of the National Statistics Office of Georgia, the amount of direct foreign investment in Georgia has risen
It’s going to get  harder for foreigners to get residence permit in Georgia
It’s going to get harder for foreigners to get permit of residence in Georgia.
Mziuri Park in Tbilisi to be renovated soon
It was the dream of prominent Georgian writer Nodar Dumbadze that when the original Mziuri park was constructed and opened in 1892 that it should be a park for children,
Winemakers to produce Kvanchkara in its place of origin - Racha
Khvanchakara is a semi-sweet Georgian red wine which originates from Racha, in the western part of Georgia. Kvanchkara is made of two types of grape Mujuretuli and Aleksandrouli.
The level of Georgian wine and Chacha exported has increased
The National Wine Agency of Georgia has recently published statistical information about the level of Georgian wine and Chacha exported between January and July, 2018.
New fire engines to be Manufactured in Georgia
The Acting Head of the Emergency Management Agency Shalva Khutsishvili said that the old Zili fire engines (which were made in the USSR) will be phased out and replaced with new ones, manufactured in Georgia.
Georgia witnesses a record number of tourists
The Georgian National Tourism Administration publishes statistical information about international visits to Georgia.
Canadian businessman plans to build a hotel in Bakhmaro
Canadian businessman Vadim Malishev plans to build a hotel in Bakhmaro resort, Guria, in the western part of Georgia.
Coffee Factory will open in Tbilisi in October
The first coffee factory (which will be located on the Kakheti highway) in Tbilisi will open in October.
Places in Georgia where real estate is the most expensive
The real estate market in Georgia is growing annually. In Tbilisi as well as other regions of Georgia new developments are increasingly taking place.
How much does a vacation cost in Tbilisi?
It is the middle of summer and those who have not yet taken a vacation are looking for an appropriate place for sure!
The price for extreme sports in Georgia
Georgia offers a variety of options to extreme sport lovers.
The number of Georgians who own property abroad increases
The number of foreign properties owned by Georgians is increasing.
How much does Taxi cost in Tbilisi?
Stories how Taxi drivers try to deceive passengers and charge them with more money than they should pay are known for everybody all over the world.
What are the highest paid areas in Georgia
According to the data collected by the National Statistics Office of Georgia in the first quarter of 2018 the highest paid jobs in Georgia are found in the financial and insurance fields.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Exchange Rates
GEL Exchange Rate
Convertor
20.09.2018
21.09.2018
USD
1
USD
2.6179
2.6193
EUR
1
EUR
3.0606
3.0693
GBP
1
GBP
3.4517
3.4651
RUB
100
RUB
3.9087
3.9538
Other Stories
Recently Toyota rolled out Global Campaign under this slogan that reflects the Olympic and Paralympic Spirit of Encouragement,
A couple from Switzerland combines Swiss tradition and technology with Georgian products. Their cheese is made in the Georgian mountains and sold in local stores and hotels.
It has been more than five years since the residents of Lilo village, near Tbilisi, cannot open their windows.
63 000 GEL was received by the Georgian Agro Export Group which is just a small part of the European Neighbourhood Programme for Agricultural and Rural development.
Georgian entrepreneur Guka Tavberidze, who runs his own business in the UK and does it quite well, has been invited by BBC
The grand opening of 7-star The Biltmore Hotel Tbilisi took place in Georgia’s capital on July 31.
DUSHETI, Georgia – The Georgian government and the World Bank will allocate USD 5.6 million (12 million GEL) to fund
A new Georgian clothing brand named Person has emerged in Georgian market.
Georgia is in the midst of an economic maelstrom, Euronews reports.
Situation at Georgia’s mineral water market is interesting: over the last year, the volume of export has grown by 56 percent. According to “GeoStat”, over $114 million worth of mineral water was sold
GEL Exchange
USD
1
USD
2.6193
EUR
1
EUR
3.0693
GBP
1
GBP
3.4651
RUB
100
RUB
3.9538