Bazaleti Lake, one of the tourist destinations near Tbilisi. (Photo: Mari Nikuradze.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–There were 14.1 percent more visitors to Georgia in January 2014 than in the same month last year, according to the Interior Ministry.

The ministry publishes monthly reports with statistics over the number of visitors, in categories defined by the purpose of the visit.

In January this year, 319 499 people visited Georgia, which was 14.1 percent more than 2013.

122 714 of them were tourists, which is 16.6 percent more than last year; 53 241 of them used Georgia as a transit country, this is 67 percent more than in 2013; 143 544 people came with other purposes – 0.5 percent more than last year.

The biggest number of visitors came from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine and Iran.