Published on : Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Turkey welcomed more than 31 million foreign visitors during the first eight months of this year, according to new data released by the Culture and Tourism Ministry Monday. The number of foreigners visiting the country soared 14.7% in the January-August period on an annual basis, according to the data. The Mediterranean resort city of Antalya was the top destination for tourists, hosting 33.3% of all visitors – around 10.3 million. The historic metropolis of Istanbul followed with 32.2% or over 9.98 million foreign visitors in the same period. Northwestern Edirne province, which borders both Bulgaria and Greece, received the third-highest number of foreigners, with 2.99 million during the first eight months. Russians accounted for 15.6% of the visitors – more than 4.8 million – followed by Germans at some 10.9% with 3.38 million visitors, and the U.K. with 5.97% at 1.85 million.
Most foreigners – 20.7 million – came to Turkey via air travel, while roadways were chosen by nearly 6.1 million foreigners, seaways by over 890,000 and trains by 10,475.
Last year, some 39.5 million foreigners entered Turkey, up from 32.4 million in 2017. According to World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) 2019 data, Turkey ranks sixth in the world in terms of the number of tourists and 14th in terms of tourism income.