20 July 2024,   04:28
Government expects USD 4.5 bln as proceeds from tourism this year and 7.9 million international travelers - Kobakhidze

The Prime Minister of Georgia commented today on the currently existing record-high indicators in tourism and aviation, thereby noting that the Government expects USD 4.5 bln as proceeds from tourism this year and 7.9 million international travelers.

According Irakli Kobakhidze, record-high indicators were witnessed in a quarterly break-down of proceeds from tourism - 808 MLN USD, which has exceeded the pre-pandemic indicator by 40%.

“It is a record-high indicator. We hosted 1.3 million international travelers in this quarter, which is an 8% increase compared to the previous year. As for the international tourists, we have a record-high number here as well. We hosted 939 000 tourists during one quarter”, - added the Head of Government.

He also spoke about the current indicators of the aviation in the country, thereby noting that 13 600 flights will be made during the high season of summer, which is a historic maximum,

“Specifically, 11 air companies fly to 38 destinations in Europe, which is also a historic-high outcome. There are 50 air companies operating in Georgia this year, which is also a historic-high indicator, while there were only 23 air companies operating in 2011. Another historic maximum was witnessed in terms of passenger throughput at airports - exceeding 1.4 million. We have good trends and therefore a very good basis of optimism. We expect 4.5 BLN USD per annum as proceeds from tourism specifically, which would be a 9% improvement of the result achieved last year. We expect 7.9 million international travelers, 5.2 million international tourists, which will also be a historic-high. Very good data has been captured in tourism and aviation; and it is our aim to further improve the growth rate, of which we have excellent prospects”, - said Irakli Kobakhidze.