The popular vacation home rental platform Airbnb has listed Batumi as one of 19 destinations to visit in 2019.

The article, published on 3 December, chose destinations based on wish list growth data and their own research. They expect the cities to become more and more in demand in the coming year.

Batumi, Georgia’s second largest city, is particularly popular with locals and tourists especially due to its location on the Black Sea coast and year-round moderate climate. Searches for Batumi on the platform have seen a year on year increase of 200%.

Compiling off-the-beaten-track destinations for travelers, the list includes Kaikoura in New Zealand, Xiamen in China, Normandy in France, the Great Smoky Mountains in the US, Accra in Ghana, Mozambique, and Uzbekistan, among others.

Airbnb is just one of many international companies and news outlets recently to include Georgia as a place to visit. Georgian tourism is booming year on year. 8 million visitors have already visited the country from January to November this year, an increase of 10.6% compared to the same period in 2017.

By Amy Jones 

Image source: Euronews