TBILISI, DFWatch–There were 5 365 356 visitors to Georgia in 2013. This is a 21.2 percent increase from 2012.
According to the Interior Ministry’s department of information and analysis, there came 391 724 visitors to the county in December 2013, which is five percent more than the same period the year before.
In its statistics, the Interior Ministry splits visitors into three categories: tourists – 2 080 808, 16.3 percent more than in 2012; transit visitors, who used Georgia as a transit country – 1 167 570, 54.6 percent more than in 2012, and visitors with other purposes – 2 116 978, 12.4 percent more than the previous year.
In December 2013, the highest number of visitors came from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine and Iran.
The countries which had a higher number of visitors in December are: Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, France, Germany, Italy, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Israel.
17.1 percent more Georgian citizens came to Georgia in 2013, and 17.8 percent more Georgians left the country in 2013, compared to the previous year.