NEWS Tourism        29/04/2019

Number of foreigners visiting Turkey in 1st quarter of 2019 increased by 6.1% to 5.4 million

According to figures published by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the number of foreigners visiting Turkey in March 2019 increased by 4.3% to 2,232,358 compared with the figure for the same month of the previous year.

 

The number of OECD Europeans visiting Turkey in March 2019 improved to 568,737, 6.9% more than the figure for the same month of the previous year. The largest European contingent was from Germany with 191,692, though 13% down on the same month of the previous year, followed by Greece with 73,903 visitors, up a staggering 133.5%, and the UK with 66,837 visitors, up 3.2%. The number of visitors from Russia increased by 42.9% to 139,253. Visitors from two neighbouring countries, Iran and Georgia have continued to drop off. Visitors from Iran fell 38% to 240,299 and visitors from Georgia fell 17.6% to 138,371. Visitors from Bulgaria however increased by 42.4% to 208,237, and from Iraq by 31.3% to 88,819.

 

The number of foreigners visiting Turkey in the first quarter of 2019 increased by 6.1% to 5.442,092 compared with the same period of the previous year.  The number of OECD Europeans visiting Turkey in the first quarter of 2019 was 1,346,103, 12.7% more than the figure for the same period of the previous year. The largest European contingent was from Germany with 427,424, up 2.6%, followed by Greece with 168,435, up 35.8%, and the UK with 147,447 visitors, up 8.1%. The number of visitors from Russia increased by 37.6% to 318,714. Visitors from two neighbouring countries, Iran and Georgia have fallen, with Iran down 39.4% to 447,103 and Georgia down 22% to 371,111. Visitors from Bulgaria however increased by 27.8% to 482,712, and from Iraq by 30.4% to 250,947.

 

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. It is hoped that the upward trend in the number of tourists coming to Turkey will continue in 2019, since tourism is one of the few bright spots in Turkey’s current gloomy economic outlook. Unless new adverse geo-political events appear on the horizon, Turkey’s tourism sector should continue to shine.

 



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