The most popular cities for tourists in Georgia

The most popular cities for tourists in Georgia

In the second quarter of 2018, international travelers made 1,678,436 visits to Georgia. According to the National Tourism Administration, 70.4% of these international visits were repeated trips to Georgia and 29.6% were for the first time. Accordingly, in the second quarter of 2018, there were 496,840 first time visits to Georgia.

The majority of international visits (44%) were meant for holidays, leisure, recreational purposes. Often, other recorded purposes for the visit were: visiting friends or relatives (20.6%), transit (17%), professional/economic work (7.3%), and shopping (6.3%). Only in 1.9% of the cases was another purpose identified for the visit. 53% of international visits were to the capital of Georgia, followed by Batumi (27.5%). There were considerably fewer visits recorded for the rest of the cities and sites in Georgia, such as: Mtskheta (13.3%), Marneuli (13%), Kazbegi (10.2%), Sairagh (6.1%), Telavi (4.9%), Kutaisi (4.6%), Rustavi (4.4%) and Borjomi (4%).

By analyzing the most popular places for the majority of these visits by region, we see that 53% were spent in Tbilisi, followed by the Acharan coast (28%), Mtskheta-Mtianeti (22.5%) and Kvemo Kartli (18.7%). Among the rest of the regions, the most visits were to Kakheti (10.4%), followed by Samtskhe-Javakheti (9%) and Imereti (4.8%).

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