TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia had 28.2 percent more visitors in August 2013 compared to the same period in 2012, according to the Interior Ministry.

The ministry every month publishes data about visitors. There are three categories of visitors: tourists, transit travel and visitors with other purposes.

In August, 770 608 persons visited Georgia, which was 28.2 percent more than last year. In the period January-August, there came 3 568 518 visitors to Georgia, which is 26.4 percent more than the same period last year.

In the first eight months of 2013, there were 1 415 215 tourists, which is 40 percent of the total number of visitors and 18.7 percent more than in 2012. The number of transit visitors was 758 872, which is 21 percent of the total number of visitors and 61 percent more than in 2012. Visitors with other purposes numbered 1 394 431, which is 39 percent of the total number and 20 percent more than in 2012.

The highest number of visitors in August came from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine and Iran. Visitors from EU countries have also increased in number, especially guests from Poland (up 72 percent), Czech Republic (up 35 percent) and Austria (up 30 percent).

Compared to the numbers for August in past years, the number of visitors keep significantly increasing. In 2008, there were as 121 179, it was 191 872 in 2009, 259 836 in 2010, 357 187 in 2011 and 600 922 in 2012.