The flow of Russian tourists to Georgia has grown by almost 20% since the beginning of the year
In January - February 2016, Georgia was attended by 87,4 thousand Russian citizens, which is 18.8% more than in the same period of the last year, according to the analytical department of the Georgian Interior Ministry. In February, the number of Russians who visited Georgia has increased in comparison with February 2015 by 29% to 43.1 thousand people, which was a record figure for the last 10 years. By the number of people who visited Georgia, Russia occupies the fourth position after Azerbaijan, Turkey and Armenia, a statement said. More than a half of Russian citizens took advantage of the only currently overland road between Russia and Georgia, which runs through the Daryal Gorge. The number of Russians who crossed the Georgian border on this road through the checkpoint Kazbegi-Upper Lars, in January-February amounted to 39.4 thousand people (52.4% of all visitors who have used this way). In 2015, Georgia was visited by 5 million 897.7 thousand foreigners, which is 7% more than in 2014, including 925.1 thousand Russian citizens (an increase over the year by 14%).
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.