Turkey sees a drop in tourism in 2016

Published on : Friday, February 3, 2017

TurkeyIn 2016, Turkey tourism revenues in Turkey dropped almost 30%, after tourists skipped visiting the country following the terror attacks and a failed coup.


In 2016, tourism income fell by 29.7% compared to 2015. For the whole year in 2016, over 31 million tourists visited Turkey, compared to nearly 42 million in 2015. Tourism accounts for a major economic sector in Turkey, contributing around 5% of GDP, and the slump in the sector has led to deterioration in growth. Tourists were scared due to attacks in locations frequented by foreign visitors.


In June 2016, 47 people were killed in a triple suicide bombing and gun attack at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport, with authorities blaming the Islamic State (IS) jihadists. And just 75 minutes into 2017, an IS-linked militant killed 39 people in an elite nightclub in Istanbul while New Year celebrations were in full swing.


Turkish authorities are, however, hoping for better times in 2017 and a rise in tourism from key market Russia. “God willing, 2017 will be better than 2016, and 2018 will be better than 2017,” said Tourism Minister Nabi Avci.


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