NEWS Tourism        29/08/2019

Number of foreigners visiting Turkey on track to reach 45 million in 2019

According to figures published by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the number of foreigners visiting Turkey in July 2019 increased by 16.7% to 6,617,380 compared with the figure for the same month of the previous year.

 

The number of OECD Europeans visiting Turkey in July 2019 improved to 2,747,109, 18.4% more than the figure for the same month of the previous year. The largest European contingent was from Germany with 868,307 visitors, up 14.1% on the number for the same month of the previous year, followed by the UK with 425,044 visitors, up 19.8%, by Holland with 242,355 visitors, up 10.8%, and by Poland with 156,049 visitors, up 35.3%. The number of visitors from Russia increased by 16.2% to 1,043,040. Visitors from two neighbouring countries, Iran and Georgia have been dropping off over the last year. Iran this month however showed an improvement by 25% to 218,858 visitors, and Georgia an improvement by 9.8% to 209,026. Visitors from Bulgaria increased by 14.6% to 208,509, from Ukraine by 14.4% to 228,482, and from Iraq by 30.6% to 196,119.

 

The number of foreigners visiting Turkey in the first seven months of 2019 increased by 14.1% to 24,693,886 compared with the same period of the previous year. The number of OECD Europeans visiting Turkey in the first seven months of 2019 was 8,416,675, 20.1% more than the figure for the same period of the previous year. The largest European contingent was from Germany with 2,670,672, up 15%, followed by the UK with 1,428,298 visitors, up 17.8%, by Holland with 665,680 visitors, up 12.9%, by France with 509,317 visitors, up 21.9%, by Poland with 478,440 visitors, up 36.4%, and by Greece with 453,336 visitors, up an impressive 52.9%. The number of visitors from Russia increased by 14.5% to 3,752,437. Visitors from two neighbouring countries, Iran and Georgia have fallen, with Iran down 16.4% to 1,101,004 and Georgia down 13.9% to 1,066,914. Visitors from Bulgaria increased by 23.5% to 1,444,789, and from Iraq by 28.2% to 735,871.

 

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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