Number of Visitors in Georgia’s  Protected Areas Increased by 33% in 2017

Number of Visitors in Georgia’s Protected Areas Increased by 33% in 2017

access_time2018-01-12 14:24:11

Number of visitors in the protected areas of Georgia increased by 30% to  954 397 in comparison with the same period of  last year.

In 2017, compared with 2016, the number of foreign visitors increased by 33% and Georgians – by 28% . Georgians account for 57% and foreigners-  43% of the total number of visitors.

The top 5 most popular areas are:

• Prometheus cave - 163 941

• Martvili Canyon - 147 374

• Kazbegi National Park - 154 085

• Sataplia - 85 526

Okatse  canyon - 73 113


Number of visitors has grown to the following protected areas:

• Machakhela National Park - by 147%

• Martvili Canyon - 136%

• Algeti National Park - 74%

• Tbilisi National Park - 47%

• Mtirala National Park - 41%

Okatse canyon - 40%

• Prometheus cave - 19%

In 2017 foreign nationals from 97 countries visited the protected areas, with the largest number of visitors from Germany, Poland, Israel, Ukraine and Russia. This year the number of visitors from the United Arab Emirates increased by 203%, from India - 64%, from Latvia- 63%, from Lithuania and Russia – by 48%. For the first time, Georgia's protected areas were visited by visitors from Lebanon, Libya, Tajikistan, Yemen, Tunisia, South Sudan and Nepal.

The contribution of 5 protected areas from 20 administrations to the Georgian economy amounts to  GEL 86 542 878, including  both eco-tourism and local business revenues. The research ordered  by the Agency for Protected Areas, within the framework of the project Support Programme for  Protected Areas in the  Caucasus -  Georgia (SPPA-Georgia)  was conducted by a German expert in Kazbegi, Lagodekhi, Martvili, Mtirala and Prometheus protected areas. The survey is based on Sakstat data, information received from visitors and local tourism providers.




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