The number of Russians visiting Georgia has increased by almost 20% since the beginning of the year
“In January-February 2018 141.5 thousand Russian citizens visited Georgia, which is 19.1% more than in the same period of the last year”, - reported the information and analytical department of the country's Interior Ministry. In February, the number of Russians who visited Georgia increased against February 2017 by 24.2% - up to 70.4 thousand people, which is a record figure for the last 11 years. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, for two months of this year 885,000 foreign visitors visited Georgia that is 17% more than in January-February a year earlier. Among them 367.3 thousand people were tourists (an increase of 24.9%). 170 thousand people were transit passengers (32.5% growth) and the rest number of 347.8 thousand is the visitors of another category (growth of 4,5%). “According to the number of citizens who visited Georgia, Russia occupies the fourth position after Azerbaijan, Armenia and Turkey. About 40% of Russians crossed the border through the Darial Gorge”, - the report says. In 2017 7.55 million foreigners visited Georgia, which is 18.8% more than in 2016, including nearly 1.4 million Russian citizens (growth of 34% for the year).
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.