NEWS Tourism        30/09/2019

Foreigners visiting Turkey in first 8 months of 2019 increase 14.7% to 31 million

According to figures published by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the number of foreigners visiting Turkey in August 2019 increased by 17.2% to 6,307,508 compared with the figure for the same month of the previous year.

 

The number of OECD Europeans visiting Turkey in August 2019 improved to 2,273,177, 16.4% more than the figure for the same month of the previous year. The largest European contingent was from Germany with 713,527 visitors, up 9% on the number for the same month of the previous year, followed by the UK with 421,466 visitors, up 16%, by Holland with 164,449 visitors, up 5.2%, and by Poland with 156,945 visitors, up 32%. The number of visitors from Russia increased by 18.5% to 1,078,904. Visitors from two neighbouring countries, Iran and Georgia have been dropping off over the last year. These two countries have nevertheless in recent months shown an improvement, Iran recording an increase of 45.1% to 276,474 visitors and Georgia an increase of 1.2% to 206,465 visitors in August. Visitors from Bulgaria increased by 5.9% to 249,150, from Ukraine by 27.1% to 227,596, and from Iraq by 25.8% to 211,378.

 

The number of foreigners visiting Turkey in the first eight months of 2019 increased by 14.7% to 31,001,394 compared with the same period of the previous year. The number of OECD Europeans visiting Turkey in the first eight months of 2019 was 10,689,852, 19.3% more than the figure for the same period of the previous year. The largest European contingent was from Germany with 3,384,199, up 13.7%, followed by the UK with 1,849,764 visitors, up 17.4%, by Holland with 830,129 visitors, up 11.3%, by France with 657,370 visitors, up 22.3%, by Poland with 635,385 visitors, up 35.3%, and by Greece with 543,021 visitors, up 44.9%. The number of visitors from Russia increased by 15.4% to 4,831,341. Visitors from two neighbouring countries, Iran and Georgia have fallen, with Iran down 8.6% to 1,377,478 and Georgia down 11.8% to 1,273,379. Visitors from Bulgaria increased by 20.6% to 1,693,939, and from Iraq by 27.7% to 947,249.

 

The number of foreigners visiting Turkey in the year 2018 increased by 21.8% to 39,488,401 compared with the figure for the previous year. This upward trend in the number of tourists coming to Turkey is continuing in 2019. Unless any new adverse geo-political events appear on the horizon, the total number of foreigners visiting Turkey in 2019 will reach 45 million, a new record. A successful tourism year in 2019 is critical for the Turkish economy which is in the middle of an economic recession. 



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