Georgia was ranked 66th among 140 countries in the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Index1 in 2018.
During 2010-2018 Georgia’s position in the ranking was improving, except one year. In 2018, compared to 2017, Georgia’s position in the ranking improved by 1 place.
Among the so-called pillars measured to calculate the Global Competitiveness Index in 2018, Georgia scored best in terms of its labor market (31st place) while it was least competitive in
terms of market size (102th place).
Among the Central Asia and South Caucasus countries2 in 2018, Kazakhstan was the top performer in this Global Competetiveness Index (59th place), while Tajikistan held the lowest position in the index (102nd place).
In October 2018, compared to October 2017, in Georgia the hotel price index increased by 7.2%;
In October 2018, compared to October 2017, the daily rates for standard double hotel rooms increased the most in Adjara (22.7%) and Samtskhe-Javakheti (17.9%);
In October 2018, compared to 2017, the hotel prices in Tbilisi increased by 1.3%;
In the fourth quarter of 2018, Georgian economic climate barely remained satisfactory. In this period, Georgian economistsassessed Georgia’s present economic situation satisfactorily. However, assessment of present economic situation in this quarter deteriorated compared to the third quarter of 2018, and the fourth quarter of 2017.
During October 2017 – September 2018 period, in Tbilisi the highest average prices of a room in a 3* and 4* hotels were recorded in December 2017, respectively 165 GEL and 293 GEL, the lowest prices were recorded in February 2018, respectively 124 GEL and 214 GEL.
In September 2018, the hotel price index decreased by 5.9% compared to August 2018;
In September 2018, the average cost of a room in each category was as follows: 3-star hotel room - 135 GEL per night; 4-star hotel room - 244 GEL; 5-star hotel room - 521 GEL; guesthouse room- 70 GEL.
Analysis of the preliminary data on FDI for the first half of 2018 revealed the following general findings:
The financial, energy, and construction sectors attracted the most FDI;
Azerbaijan, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands were the largest investing countries for Georgia;
Based on the cumulative values of the past 4.5 years, transports and communications is the most attractive sector for FDI in Georgia;
The shares of FDI from China and the EU in the total FDI in Georgia were their highest since 2014;
Based on a semi-annual analysis, reinvestments surpassed equity for the first time in th e available data of 2013-2018.
In August 2018, the hotel price index increased only by 0.01% compared to July 2018;
In August 2018, the daily rates for standard double hotel rooms increased the most in Guria (7.6%), while the hotel prices decreased mostly in Samtskhe-Javakheti (-1.6%);
In August 2018, the 3-star, 4-star and 5-star hotel price index decreased by 0.9% compared to July 2018;
In Guria the 3-star, 4-star and 5-star hotel price increased by 18.4%, such price increase was primarily due to 3, 4 and 5 star hotel price increases in Ureki;
In August 2018, in Tbilisi, the 3-star, 4-star and 5-star hotel prices decreased by 0.3% compared to July 2018;
In August 2018, the average cost of a room in each category was as follows: 3-star hotel room - 147 GEL per night; 4-star hotel room - 253 GEL; 5-star hotel room - 455 GEL; guesthouse room- 74 GEL.
In the third quarter of 2018, Georgian economists positively assessed Georgia’s Economic Climate Indicator (ECI). The Georgianeconomy is categorized under “Boom” with a positive assessment of its present situation and expectation for the next sixmonths.
In July 2018, the hotel price index increased by 2.7% compared to June 2018;
In July 2018, the daily rates for standard double hotel rooms increased the most in Adjara(10.1%) and Samtskhe-Javakheti (5.9%), while the hotel prices decreased only in Tbilisi (-1.2%);
In July, the average cost of a room in each category was as follows: 3-star hotel room - 148 GEL per night; 4-star hotel room - 254 GEL; 5-star hotel room - 455 GEL; guesthouse room- 72 GEL;
In Tbilisi, the 3-star, 4-star and 5-star hotel prices decreased by 2.1% in July 2018, compared to June 2018;
On Tripadvisor, 1618 accommodation units are registered in Tbilisi, significantly exceeding the number of accommodation units registered in Baku - 456, Yerevan - 436 and Ankara – 364.
The first half of 2018 produced some interesting figures regarding Georgia’s external trade. Even though the existing data is only preliminary, the analysis thereof unveils some curious results. Georgia’s exports and imports reached their highest point for the observed period of 2015-2018. In the first half of 2018, Georgia was recorded to have conduced external trade with 133 countries, a record-breaking amount in the observed period. With free trade agreements already in place with China and the EU, we have been able to conduct a rough analysis of the effects of the two agreements so far. To analyze these effects, the observed period is taken from January 2015 to June 2018.