NEWS Tourism        31/07/2019

Number of foreigners visiting Turkey in first half of 2019 increases by 13.2% to 18.1 million

According to figures published by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the number of foreigners visiting Turkey in June 2019 increased by 18.1% to 5,318,984 compared with the figure for the same month of the previous year.

 

The number of OECD Europeans visiting Turkey in June 2019 improved to 1,827,175, 27.1% more than the figure for the same month of the previous year. The largest European contingent was from Germany with 588,508 visitors, up 30.3% on the number for the same month of the previous year, followed by the UK with 359,462 visitors, up 17.2%, and by Poland with 139,118 visitors, up 31.8%. The number of visitors from Russia increased by 4.6% to 1,035,745. Visitors from two neighbouring countries, Iran and Georgia have been dropping off over the last year. Iran this month however showed an improvement by 12% to 181,435 visitors. Visitors from Georgia however continued its decline by 17.3% to 160,823. Visitors from Bulgaria increased by 20.2% to 253,563, and from Iraq by 32.7% to 135,469.

 

The number of foreigners visiting Turkey in the first half of 2019 increased by 13.2% to 18,076,506 compared with the same period of the previous year. The number of OECD Europeans visiting Turkey in the first half of 2019 was 5,669,566, 21% more than the figure for the same period of the previous year. The largest European contingent was from Germany with 1,802,365, up 15.5%, followed by the UK with 1,003,254 visitors, up 16.9%, by Holland with 423,325 visitors, up 14.1%, by Greece with 383,966 visitors, up an impressive 55.4%, and by Poland with 322,391 visitors, up 36.9%. The number of visitors from Russia increased by 13.9% to 2,709,397. Visitors from two neighbouring countries, Iran and Georgia have fallen, with Iran down 22.7% to 862,146 and Georgia down 18.2% to 857,886. Visitors from Bulgaria increased by 25.1% to 1,236,280, and from Iraq by 27.4% to 539,752.

 

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 clearly appears to be continuing in 2019. Unless any new adverse geo-political events appear on the horizon, Turkey’s tourism sector is set to record a very successful year in 2019, a development which will be very important for the Turkish economy which is in the middle of an economic recession. 



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