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Published on : Friday, June 30, 2017
According to data released by the Tourism Ministry, 608,472 Russians visited Turkey in May, due to the normalization in bilateral ties between Ankara and Moscow.
The number of foreign arrivals into Turkey increased by 16.3 percent to 2.89 million in May, after a tough year in which the country’s tourism sector was hit badly due to a series of terror attacks, a diplomatic crisis with Russia and a failed coup attempt.
However, arrivals from Europe continued to decline in May, as around 1.1 million Europeans visited Turkey in May, marking a year-on-year decrease of around 20 percent.
In the first five months of the year, a total of 8.8 million foreigners visited Turkey, a 5.5 percent increase compared to the same period of 2016.
In May, Russia became the top tourist market for Turkey, with a 21 percent share in total arrivals. Russia was followed by Germany, which took 10.2 percent share in total arrivals, and Georgia, which had an 8.1 percent share. They were followed by Britain and Bulgaria, according to the ministry data.
Hotel occupancy rates across Turkey also increased to 61.5 percent in May with an 8.3 percent year-on-year increase. The occupancy rates rose to 55.4 percent in the first five months of the year, with a 6.3 percent year-on-year increase, but hotel revenues fell as average hotel room prices plummeted by 23 percent to 60.1 Euros. In May, hotel occupancy rates in Istanbul rose by 15.7 percent to 64.4 percent, but the city’s hotels remained the cheapest in Europe.