|Georgia attracts 39 pct more foreign tourists in 2011|
|January 30, 2012|
TBILISI -- The influx of foreign tourists to the south Caucasus country of Georgia increased by 39 percent to reach 2.82 million in 2011, the country's national tourism agency reported on Monday.
Turkey, Azerbaijan and Armenia are the top contributors of foreign tourists, followed by Russia, according to the agency.
"The second biggest group of foreign tourists in Georgia belongs to Azerbaijan. In 2010, 497,969 visitors came to Georgia from Azerbaijan and in 2011 - 714,427, a growth of 43 percent."
Armenia contributed 699,391 visitors to Georgia in 2011 as compared with 547,510 in 2010 for an increase of 28 percent, the agency added.
Visitors from Russia, however, registered the biggest increase among the top four by 63 percent. Russian visitors increased from 170,584 in 2010 to 278,501 last year, the agency said.
Other big foreign visitor contributing countries included Iran, Ukraine, Israel, the United States, Germany, Kazakhstan, Greece, Britain, Poland, France, and Bulgaria.
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