The Information Analytical Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs presents the statistical data on the visitors having crossed the state border of Georgia during the last month, in particular: In October 2016, the country was visited by 527 157 visitors, which is more by 4,5% than the index of the same period in 2015.
The number of visitors in January-October, 2016 amounted to 5 406 188, that is more by 8,1 % than the index of the same period in 2015. Number of tourist visits has reached 2 372 351 which is more by 19,7% than the index of the same period in 2015. According to the new method of a conditional division the visitors having crossed the state border of Georgia in January-October, 2016 is the following:
a) Tourist – 215 620 visits (40,9%, of general number; increase by 20.9% in comparison with the index of the same period in 2015);
b) Transit – 121 511 visits (20.9% of general number, decrease by 23,% in comparison with the index of the last year 6,6%);
c) Other – 190 026 visits (36.1% of general number, increase by -3% in comparison with the index of the last year).
The most of the visits in September, 2016 were paid again from Armenia (-2,1%), Azerbaijan (10.1%), Turkey (-16,6%), Russia (+13%), Ukraine (+15.8%) and Iran (+344.3%); positive position is also retained by the EU countries: respecting the increase of the number of arrivals to Georgia in January-October the following countries take leading position: Latvia, Lithuania, Germany and Italy (relevantly 27%, 12%, 8% and 7%), Central Asian countries - Kazakhstan (35%), among the countries of Easter Europe – Belarus (30%), Middle East – Israel – 59%), and Asian countries - UAE (13%). Also, the number of tourists form the United States of America has also increased by 10 %.
According to the Researcher of Atlantic Council, Georgia has once more proved that it is young but pro-western style democratic country.
He commented on the parliamentary elections in Georgia and said that the fact of some politicians have left political parties is unfortunate.
“Unfortunately they leave politics. They are professionals and I hope that one day they will return to politics. As for the parliament, this is a component of democracy,”-he said.
US Congressman Tom Marino comments on parliamentary elections in Georgia and congratulates Georgian People on democratic elections. This information was published by the Foreign Affairs Ministry.
According to the Congressman, the fact that free election was held third time in Georgia after 2012 means Georgian people’s progress in democratic way.
“I can say that forming government and the opinion of people is important in this country. This is a great progress,”-he said.
The United States congratulates the people of Georgia for the successful completion of yesterday’s parliamentary elections, which affirm Georgia as a leader of democratic reform in the region. We note that the OSCE election observation mission assessed both the October 8 elections and the October 30 run-offs as competitive and administered in a manner that respected the rights of candidates and voters. Political leaders from across the spectrum played an important role in urging all their supporters to show restraint during the electoral period so that Georgian voters could freely make their own decisions. We are concerned, however, about isolated incidents of violence and intimidation and urge accountability as well as a thorough and balanced investigation in accordance with the rule of law. We now encourage political leaders from all parties to work together in pursuit of goals important to all Georgians, including democratic consolidation, security, and economic prosperity. We look forward to working with the new government and parliament to support Georgia’s democratic and economic development, sovereignty and territorial integrity, and its Euro-Atlantic aspirations.
It is too important for NATO to deepening cooperation with Georgia and it is also important for security of Georgia. This statement was made by the Secretary General of Alliance Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels, at press-conference.
Journalist asked him if Georgia take part in new strategy of NATO’s Black Sea. Stoltenberg answered that the plan will be published in February.
“Georgia is strategic partner of NATO. We are cooperating in different issues. We have opened new center in Georgia several weeks ago. So this means that it is too important for NATO to deepening cooperation with Georgia and it is also important for security of Georgia,”-he said.
October 27 is the Abkhazian Language Day and I want to congratulate the Abkhaz community and all Georgia on this day. According to the Constitution, Abkhazian is the second state language. More than 6 500 languages exist in the world, majority of which, according to UNESCO, are in danger of extinction. The Abkhazian Language was, unfortunately, put on that list in 2011.
As per the Georgian legislation and the international law, the Georgian state is obliged to protect, develop and promote all endangered languages on the territory of Georgia, including the Abkhazian language and cultural heritage. Despite many hindering circumstances, I think that more actions can be carried out to save and develop the Abkhazian language. Preferably, the Abkhazian language teaching must be promoted and a variety of programs must be carried out to protect and promote the Abkhazian language in the areas densely populated by Abkhazians or where the relevant demand exists.
I would like to take this opportunity and inform the public that the Abkhazian language was added to the working languages of the Public Defender's official website and hence the Public Defender's activities will be regularly reported in the Abkhazian language. We hope that with this action we will contribute to the protection and development of the Abkhazian language.