Countries Whose Citizens Spent the Most Money During Visits to Georgia in 2018

In 2018 the number of international visitors to Georgia increased by 9.8% reaching 8,679,544.

72.9% of the international visits were repeated visits and 27.1% were first visits to Georgia. Therefore, in 2018, 1,949,053 people visited Georgia for the first time.

According to data from the national tourism administration, in 2018 visitors spent 7.9 billion GEL in total on tourism. The average expenditure per visitor was 1,099 GEL.

From the 7.9 billion GEL, the largest share was spent on food and beverages – 2.2 billion GEL, which comes to 28.6% of the whole amount. This is followed by accommodation, which came to 1.8 billion GEL – 23.4% of the total amount. In third place is recreational, cultural, and sport activities with 1.4 billion GEL amounting to 18% of the total. In fourth place is shopping; foreign citizens spent over one billion GEL on shopping in Georgia, coming to 13.6% of the total expenditures. Transport expenditures came to 560 million GEL (7.1%), and other expenditures came to 726 million GEL.

Russian tourists spent the largest amount in total, however the UK citizens spent the largest amount per visit.

Russia

Average expenditure per visit - 1,326 GEL

Overall tourist expenditure - 1,972,427,681

Turkey

Average expenditure per visit - 923 GEL

Total tourist expenditure - 1,086,557,567 GEL

Armenia

Average expenditure per visit - 540 GEL

Total tourist expenditure - 662,999,650 GEL

Azerbaijan

Average expenditure per visit - 385 GEL

Total tourist expenditure - 657,894,675 GEL

Israel

Average expenditure per visit - 2,047 GEL

Total tourist expenditure - 376,194,931 GEL

Ukraine

Average expenditure per visit - 1,659 GEL

Total tourist expenditure - 341,854,303 GEL

Iran

Average expenditure per visit - 2,071 GEL

Total tourist expenditure - 306,179,769 GEL

Germany

Average expenditure per visit - 2,046 GEL

Total tourist expenditure - 301,916,579 GEL

United Arab Emirates

Average expenditure per visit - 2,719 GEL

Total tourist expenditure - 230,243,753 GEL

Kazakhstan

Average expenditure per visit - 1,956 GEL

Total tourist expenditure - 156,609,571 GEL

USA

Average expenditure per visit - 3,047 GEL

Total tourist expenditure - 126,292,922 GEL

United Kingdom

Average expenditure per visit - 3,189 GEL

Total tourist expenditure - 125,892,171 GEL

Poland

Average expenditure per visit - 2,183 GEL

Total tourist expenditure - 110,614,509 GEL

Belarus

Average expenditure per visit - 1,262 GEL

Total tourist expenditure - 94,424,799 GEL

Spain

Average expenditure per visit - 2,541 GEL

Total tourist expenditure - 94,140,271 GEL

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