NEWS Tourism        31/05/2019

Number of foreigners visiting Turkey in April 2019 leaps up by 24%

According to figures published by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the number of foreigners visiting Turkey in April 2019 increased by 24% to 3,293,176 compared with the figure for the same month of the previous year.

 

The number of OECD Europeans visiting Turkey in April 2019 improved to 1,155,136, 38.6% more than the figure for the same month of the previous year. The largest European contingent was from Germany with 376,059 visitors, a surprising 47.6% increase on the number for the same month of the previous year, followed by the UK with 186,341 visitors, up 31.4%, by Holland with 127,970 visitors, up 25.8%, and by Greece with 77,097 visitors, up 81.1%. The number of visitors from Russia increased by 33.8% to 391,579. Visitors from two neighbouring countries, Iran and Georgia have continued to wither. Visitors from Iran fell 6.8% to 111,673 and visitors from Georgia fell 19.9% to 140,836. Visitors from Bulgaria however increased by 26.8% to 256,072, and from Iraq by 27.4% to 86,179.

 

The number of foreigners visiting Turkey in the first four months of 2019 increased by 12.2% to 8,735,268 compared with the same period of the previous year. The number of OECD Europeans visiting Turkey in the first four months of 2019 was 2,501,239, 23.3% more than the figure for the same period of the previous year. The largest European contingent was from Germany with 803,483, up 19.6%, followed by the UK with 333,788 visitors, up 20%, by Greece with 245,532 visitors, up a veritable 47.4%, and by Holland with 222,224 visitors, up 22.3%. The number of visitors from Russia increased by 35.5% to 710,293. Visitors from two neighbouring countries, Iran and Georgia have fallen, with Iran down 34,9% to 558,776 and Georgia down 21.4% to 511,947. Visitors from Bulgaria however increased by 27.5% to 738,784, and from Iraq by 29.6% to 337,126.

 

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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