Proceedings of The 3rd International Conference on Research in Management and Economics
Trends of Increases of Georgia’s Attractiveness for EU Countries
Nino Abesadze, Rusudan Kinkladze, Nino Paresashvili, Ketevan Chitaladze, and Sopiko Meishvili
Tourism is one of the important sectors of the Georgian economy that has great potential. It is one of the most important sources of income and employment growth.Tourism is flourishing, progressing in Georgia and as the matter of fact the exemption of visa limitations has exert a significant influence on the growth of tourist flows. The liberal visa policy increased flows of European citizens to Georgia in recent years.
Research methodology: methods of statistical observation, grouping and analysis were used in the research process.
Results. The number of total visitors to the country and that from the European Union Increases annually. As the data of 2018 suggest, the visits to Georgia for 72.9% of the international visitors were recurring, while 27.1% of the visitors were on their first visit in Georgia. Visits from the EU are most common in the III quarter of the year, i.e. in summer. EU visitors are mostly from Poland, Germany, UK, France, Lithuania and other countries. Most visitors are of the 26-35 age group. Most visited place is Tbilisi.
Conclusions. Although the number of tourists is increasing systematically, however, the number of international visitors has reached its historic maximum in 2018. In general, tourists come to Georgia mainly by land. However, the number of air entrants is increasing every year. The visits from the EU show a generally increasing trend, with the greatest increase fixed in 2018 as compared to the previous year; Men dominate among the international visitors. The EU countries show a similar regularity; As of the age categories, 31-50 age group dominates among the international visitors and 26-65 age group dominates among the EU visitors; A leading country with most number of visits from the EU is Poland; The degree of satisfaction is high, with only 1.7% of the international inbound visitors being discontent.
Keywords: Tourism, visitors, Trend, Statistics, Analysis.