10% more tourists visited Georgia in January-March 2014, compared to the year before. (Interpressnews.)

TBILISI, DFWatch–Georgia had an 8 percent increase in number of visitors in March, 2014, compared to the same period last year.

There came 392,725 visitors in the third month of 2014, according to new monthly figures published by the Ministry of Internal Affairs.

In January-March, the number of visitors was 1,006,267 – a 7.6 percent increase from last year.

The ministry splits visitors into the following categories:

375,382 of the visitors in the first three months were tourists. This is 10.1 percent more than last year.

175,805 of those who came were just transiting through Georgia. This is 39 percent more than last year.

There were 456,080 visitors who came here for other reasons – a 3 percent drop since last year.

The list of countries of origin was topped by Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, Ukraine and Iran.