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Geostat: Georgian citizens spends 226 mln GEL on domestic visits in 2021

According to the National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat), almost 1.2 million Georgian nationals aged 15 and above made 1.4 million monthly visits inside the country in 2021, spending a total of 226 million GEL ($70 million/€63.7 million).

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According to the National Statistics Office of Georgia (Geostat), almost 1.2 million Georgian nationals aged 15 and above made 1.4 million monthly visits inside the country in 2021, spending a total of 226 million GEL ($70 million/€63.7 million).

In 2021, the monthly average number of domestic visits made by Georgian citizens amounted to 662.6, which is an increase of 37.9 % compared to the last year.

Moreover, the majority of the visits came from Tbilisi, the capital city of Georgia (average 300,1 visits per month) and the western Imereti region (241,9 visits per month). 

As per the reports, the topmost reasons for travelling within the country are as follows-

  • Visiting relatives/friends – 46.9%
  • Visiting another property such as summer cottage, house, etc. – 15.9%
  • Shopping – 13.2% 
  • Medical and Health care – 8.9%
  • Leisure/Holiday – 8.1%
  • Business or professional – 3.5%
  • Pilgrimage/Religion – 1.5%
  • Trainings/ Education – 0.2%

However, according to the reports by Geostat, in the previous year, people aged between 31 to 50 were among the most avid domestic tourists (38.4 per cent), while 53.6 per cent of visits were made by women. 

Tbilisi, with 43.9 per cent of visitors, and the Kvemo Kartli area, with 11.5 per cent, accounted for the majority of the visits.

The monthly average number of visitors climbed by 26.1 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2021 as compared to the same period of the previous year.

On the other hand, on March 11, the Georgian National Tourism Administration (GNTA) on international tourists who visited Georgia. The Administration released the data by announcing that a total of 165,626 international tourists have made a visit to Georgia in February 2022, marking a 35.3 % recovery from the pre-pandemic 2019 figures and an increase of 297 % compared to 2021.

The GNTA also stated that international travel revenue in Georgia reached $105,218,484 million during the reporting period, with 62.2 per cent of revenue recovered since the economic downturn resulting from pandemic-related restrictions.

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