Tourist flow from Russia to Georgia decreased by 100 thousand people
According to the statistics of the Border Service of the FSB of Russia, in the third quarter of 2019 Georgia has lost more than 100 thousand tourists from the Russian Federation.
Totally for three quarters of the year, 213,3 thousand Russian tourists visited Georgia: 74 thousand Russians arrived in the country in the first quarter of 2019, 131,5 thousand in the second quarter and 7,8 thousand in the third quarter.
In general, despite the prohibition of direct flights from July 8, the decrease in tourist flow from January to September from Russia to Georgia amounted to only 3,5% (last year, 220,9 thousand Russian travelers arrived for the same period). As the spokeswoman of the Russian Union of Travel Industry Irina Tyurina explained, this result is connected with significant increase of tourist flow to Georgia from January to July 2019.
According to the Georgian National Tourism Administration, in January-September 2019, tourist flow from Russia decreased by 7,7%. At the same time, in September the decrease was 20,6% compared with the same month a year earlier. The Russians retain leadership in the share of foreign guests who have visited the Republic. At the same time, Georgian statistics also take into account those Russians who arrive in the country on transit flights.
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.