Iran – the largest source of Turkey’s tourism in August this year

Published on : Wednesday, October 23, 2019

In August, Iran was Turkey’s biggest source of tourism.


Latest data from the Turkish Statistical Institute show that 276,000 Iranian tourists visited Turkey in August, marking a 45% increase compared to the similar month last year.


Close to 1.37 million Iranian tourists visited Turkey during the first eight months of this year, accounting for 4.4% of all foreign tourists visiting the neighboring country.


In fact, Iran was Turkey’s fifth biggest source of tourism from January to August.


Passenger train services resumed on Tehran-Tabriz-Van Railroad on June 24, following a four year suspension.


On Aug. 7, passenger train services resumed between Iran and Turkey’s capital cities, Tehran and Ankara, respectively. The services would run on a weekly basis.


Train services between Iran and Turkey were suspended in 2015 due to security concerns regarding terrorist attacks on the route.


“Negotiations are underway between the Islamic Republic of Iran Railways and the State Railways of the Republic of Turkey for launching passenger trains between Tehran and Istanbul,” said the head of IRIR, Saeed Rasouli.


Turkey’s largest city Istanbul, the eastern province of Van and the southern province of Antalya are the top destinations for Iranian vacationers.


Thousands of Iranians flocked to Turkey during Iran’s two-week New Year holiday, known as Norouz, this year (started March 21), and this brought in big relief for Turkey’s tourism sector.


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