Tbilisi, DFWatch – In the wake of tightening visa regulations by the Geoorgian government and crisis in Ukraine, the latest data released by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia showed decline in numbers of tourists and overall visitors in Georgia. However, according to the same data, number of the transit visitors increased.
In February of 2015 the number of visitors declined most from Ukraine, by 14 percent; from Turkey, by 10 percent; and, from Russian Federation, by 7.3 percent, while numbers from neighboring Armenia and Azerbaijan jumped, respectively, by 8.8 and 8.5 percent. Despite 10 percent drop, Turkey is still on the first spot among countries most visitors came from.
Altogether, according to the MIA data, in February there were 291.000 visits, a 1 percent decline from the previous year.
An aggregate data of January and February of 2015 – slightly over 600.000 visits – shows 2 percent drop in the numbers of visitors in relation to the same period of 2014.
Tourists consisted over 35 percent of visitors in the first two months of 2015, that is 7.8 percent lower than in 2014, though number of transit visitors jumped by 14.6 percent to reach almost 116.000.
At the same time, there is a slight, 1 percent, rise of visits of the EU member states’ citizens in January and February of 2015 comparing to the first two months of 2014, respectively 16,744 and 16,564, although the numbers remain low comparing to the overall number of visits.