Georgia welcomed 431,300 international visitors in the first quarter of the year, the figure being 4.8 times higher compared to the same period of 2021, according to the latest data from the National Statistics Office of Georgia.
Visitors also accounted for 460,000 tourist visits to the country, up 3.9 times year-on-year, Geostat said.
89.6% of international visitors were only tourists. The share of day trippers stood at 7.2%, while 3.2% of visitors were both tourists and same-day visitors,” the statistics body added.
The highest number of visitors – 66,800 visitors – was recorded in Turkey, representing 15.5% of the total number of visitors and 126.9% more than in the first quarter of 2021.
The purpose of the majority of visits – 49.9% – was listed as vacation, leisure and recreation. The majority of visits are in the capital, Tbilisi – 307,800 visits – and in the region of Adjara, on the Black Sea coast, with 173,200 visits.
The average number of nights spent on the tours was equal to 6.5 nights, Geostat said.
Spending on visits in the first quarter amounted to ₾1.4 billion (approx. $0.46 billion/0.44 billion euros), with average spending reaching ₾2,777.8 GEL (approx. 919, $80/€882.60).
Statistics also show that the majority of visitors – 50.5% – are in the age group of 31 to 50, with women accounting for 33.6% of the total number of visitors.
Overall, in the first quarter of 2022, the number of arrivals of non-resident international travelers to the territory of Georgia reached 576,500, which is 4.3 times higher than the data for the same period of the previous year.
International visitors accounted for 517,300 visits during the reference period, which is four times higher than the data for the same period of 2021.