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The Russian arrivals in Turkey   almost doubled in October, hitting nearly 443,000.
The Russian arrivals in Turkey   almost doubled in October, hitting nearly 443,000.

More Foreigners Visit Turkey

More Foreigners Visit Turkey

The number of foreign tourists visiting Turkey rose 28% in the first 10 months of 2017, hitting 29 million, mainly due to an ongoing rebound in the Russian market, data from Turkey’s Tourism Ministry showed on Nov. 29.

The number of foreign visitors arriving in Turkey surged by 22.2% in October to 2.99 million, Hurriyetdailynews.com reported.

More than 4.5 million Russians visited Turkey in the first 10 months and marked a 496% year-on-year increase, as ties between the two countries normalized after a jet crisis.

The number of Russian tourists who visited Turkey was 767,000 in the January-October period of 2016.

The Russian arrivals in Turkey also almost doubled in October, hitting nearly 443,000, according to the ministry.

In the first 10 months of 2017, a total of 17.6 million Europeans visited Turkey with a nearly 1.6% year-on-year decrease, according to the ministry.

Russia thus became the top tourism market for Turkey by taking a 15.7% share in total arrivals in the first 10 months of the year, followed by Germany and Iran, which took 11.5% and 7.3% of share, respectively. Georgia and the United Kingdom ranked fourth and fifth respectively in the top five list.

In October, the top five senders for Turkey’s tourism sector ranked the same: Russia, Germany, Iran, Georgia and the UK.

Amid a series of bomb attacks, a failed coup attempt and the diplomatic crisis with Russia, the number of foreign tourists visiting Turkey plummeted to 25.3 million in 2016 from 36.2 million in the previous year.

These negativities slashed Turkey’s tourism revenues in 2016 to $22.11 billion from $31.46 billion in 2015.

Numbers turned around in April, thanks to the surge in the number of Russian tourists and data for the third quarter of 2017 showed a rebound of nearly 40% year-on-year.

 

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