Published on : Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Numan Kurtulmuş, the Culture and Tourism Minister of Turkey explained that the ministry is hopeful to close 2017 with 31.4 million visitors and approximately $26 billion in terms of tourism revenue, at the same time a target to attract 35 million foreign visitors has been set for the upcoming year 2018.
Tourism is one of the important industries to have been intensely impacted by the security issues and the jet downing crisis with Russia, the overseas visitor number back in 2014 and 2015 was 36.8 million and 36.2 million respectively, dropped to 25.3 billion in last year.
The economy of Turkey economy lost revenue with a decrease of 11 million tourists and $8 billion in terms of revenue last year as a result of the Russian crisis and security concerns.
“We are planning to close this year … with 31.4 million tourists and a tourism revenue target of around $26 billion,” Kurtulmuş said on a broadcast on A Haber.
About 2018 tourism targets, Kurtulmuş explained that they are all set to attract a minimum 35 million tourists in 2018, adding that a bigger figure is also possible.
Kurtulmuş observed that they will launch tourism incentives and extend it for 12 months. “We will invite Chinese, Indians and Indonesians to Turkey. We will further expand the scope of tourism,” he added.
As bilateral relations with Russia have improved, the sector went through a rapid revival. The growth in Russian visitor number is also the biggest contributor to the upturn in tourism figures.