Tourism in Georgia

Georgia recorded a total of 6 million tourists in 2016, ranking 45th in the world in absolute terms.

That smaller countries regularly perform lower in a comparison of the absolute number of guests, is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Georgia, the result is much more comparable picture: With 1.7 tourists per resident, Georgia ranked 37th in the world. In Western Asia, it ranked 3rd.

Georgia generated around 2.37 billion US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 15.63 percent of its the gross domestic product.



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Development of the tourism sector in Georgia from 1995 to 2016

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Georgia each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all countries in Western Asia.

Tourists per year in Georgia

Revenues in tourism

In 1997, tourism revenues amounted to 75.00 million USD, or about 2.1 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 313,000 tourists at that time and roughly 240 USD per person. Within 19 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased drastically. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 2.37 billion USD, accounting for 16.48 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 373 USD for his holiday in Georgia.

Annual receipts as percentage of the gross national product:
Tourism receipts in Georgia per year

All data for Georgia in detail

YearNumber of touristsReceipts\% of GNPExpences per person
199585,000
1996117,000
1997313,00075.00 m $2.1 %240 $
1998317,000229.00 m $6.3 %722 $
1999384,000131.00 m $4.7 %341 $
2000387,000107.00 m $3.5 %276 $
2001302,000136.00 m $4.2 %450 $
2002298,000144.00 m $4.2 %483 $
2003313,000172.00 m $4.3 %550 $
2004368,000209.00 m $4.1 %568 $
2005560,000287.00 m $4.5 %513 $
2006983,000361.00 m $4.7 %367 $
20071.05 m440.00 m $4.3 %418 $
20081.29 m505.00 m $3.9 %391 $
20091.50 m537.00 m $5.0 %358 $
20102.03 m737.00 m $6.3 %363 $
20112.82 m1.07 bn $7.4 %379 $
20124.43 m1.57 bn $9.9 %353 $
20135.39 m1.92 bn $11.87 %355 $
20145.52 m1.97 bn $11.94 %358 $
20155.90 m2.12 bn $15.13 %359 $
20166.36 m2.37 bn $16.48 %373 $


All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.