Published on : Friday, November 3, 2017
The number of tourists arriving in Turkey has risen by nearly 40% in September as compared to the same month in 2016, as mentioned by Numan Kurtulmus, the Culture and Tourism Minister of this country.
Interacting at a tourism forum in the Turkish capital, Ankara, the minister asserted that as many as 26.06 million tourists had visited Turkey in the initial nine-month period.
He added that in the month of September alone, an overwhelming 4 million new travellers had come to Turkey that is about 40% more than September last year.
He then further stated that the average of the nine months is also 28.7% higher in terms of tourist arrivals. This indicates that the tourism sector of Turkey has started witnessing signs of recovery. He feels that the tourism sector of this area has good growth potential if they continue their efforts on this niche.
Turkey is determined to lure at least 36.1 million tourists in 2018 earning tourism revenues of nearly $28.3 billion as part of next year’s government program that was revealed on Tuesday.
This program foresees that at the end of 2017 tourist figures worldwide would be totaling billion people moving up by 3.5% and the tourism expenditures would be amounting to about $1.3 trillion going up by 2.9%.
By the end of 2017, as many as 31.4 million foreigners are expected to visit Turkey bringing the nation’s annual tourism revenues to a probable $25.1 billion.