NEWS Tourism        28/06/2019

Number of foreigners visiting Turkey in May 2019 increases by 9.4%

According to figures published by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the number of foreigners visiting Turkey in May 2019 increased by 9.4% to 4,022,254 compared with the figure for the same month of the previous year.

 

The number of OECD Europeans visiting Turkey in May 2019 improved to 1,341,152, 9.8% more than the figure for the same month of the previous year. The largest European contingent was from Germany with 410,374 visitors, down 6.1% on the number for the same month of the previous year, followed by the UK with 310,004 visitors, up 13.5%, by Holland with 105,574 visitors, down 2.2%, by Poland with 98,513 visitors, up 35%, and by Greece with 68,851 visitors, up 73.6%. The number of visitors from Russia increased by 11.5% to 963,359. Visitors from two neighbouring countries, Iran and Georgia have been dropping off over the last year. Iran this month however showed an improvement by 16.3% to 41,935 visitors. Visitors from Georgia however continued its decline by 8.9% to 185,118. Visitors from Bulgaria increased by 23.6% to 243,933, and from Iraq by 9% to 67,157.

 

The number of foreigners visiting Turkey in the first five months of 2019 increased by 11.3% to 12,757,522 compared with the same period of the previous year. The number of OECD Europeans visiting Turkey in the first five months of 2019 was 3,842,391, 18.3% more than the figure for the same period of the previous year. The largest European contingent was from Germany with 1,213,857, up 9.5%, followed by the UK with 643,792 visitors, up 16.8%, by Holland with 327,798 visitors, up 13.2%, and by Greece with 314,383 visitors, up an impressive 52.4%. The number of visitors from Russia increased by 20.5% to 1,673,652. Visitors from two neighbouring countries, Iran and Georgia have fallen, with Iran down 28.5% to 700,711 and Georgia down 18.4% to 697,065. Visitors from Bulgaria increased by 26.5% to 982,717, and from Iraq by 25.7% to 404,283.

 

From the above statistics, we can see a surprisingly greater interest by OECD countries in Turkey as a whole in May 2019. Though the overall OECD figure shows an increase of 9.8% in May 2019, visitors from countries such as Germany and Holland fell in May compared with the same month of the previous year. The increase in May for Germany and Holland was however 47.6% and 25.8% respectively. It will be interesting to see how the trend for visitors from these two countires develops over the coming Summer months, and whether there is an underlying reason for the drop in visitors in May.

 

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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