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Only 23 per cent of tourists visit Georgia for recreation2010-03-23 16:08
Only 23 per cent of tourists visit Georgia for recreation, reported today Beka Jakeli, the deputy head of the Tourism and Resorts department of the Ministry of Economic development of Georgia. Today he voiced the report on the winter season of 2010.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The survey was conducted on recommendation of the World Tourism Organisation, with the aim to improve statistics of the tourist sphere. 820 visitors were surveyed from February 1st to 22nd.
The survey revealed that visitors come from neighbouring countries and also Germany, the USA, Great Britain, France. Most of them - up to 30 per cent - arrived with a business or professional visit; 25 came to relatives. Only 6.5 per cent use services of Georgian tour agencies. Each tourists spends about USD 1 502; daily expenses amount USD 337 in average.
Most visited places in winter are: Batumi, Mtskheta, Gudauri, Signakhi, Bakuriani.
Among the advantages foreigners named hospitality, mild climate, human relations, Georgian cuisine. The prevailing disadvantages were low level of services and problems with communications.
The department will conduct similar surveys in the end of each season.