TBILISI, DFWatch–Three percent less people visited Georgia in January 2015, compared to the same period last year, according to new figures from the Ministry of internal Affairs.

The figures were presented on Tuesday by the ministry’s Department of Analysis, and give an overview of how many and what categories of persons entered Georgia last month.

In total, 309,467 people crossed the Georgian border.

Tourists made up 36 percent of all visitors with 111,622 persons, which is 9 percent less than in January last year.

People transiting through Georgia numbered 58,028 last month; 18.8 percent of all visitors. This represents a 9 percent increase compared to 2014.

The largest group of visitors were those who came for other purposes than tourism or transit – numbering 139,817  or 45.2 percent of all visitors. In this category, there was a 3 percent drop compared to last year.

Highest on the list of countries of origin were: Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia and Ukraine.