Early-bird bookings over the last three months brings Turkey back on track

Published on : Friday, February 14, 2020

A rising wave of early-bird bookings over the last three months has brought Turkey back on track for a new high of $40 billion in tourism revenue this year.

 

Tourism revenue is expected to rise 15% this year, said Sururi Çorabatir, the head of the Turkish Hoteliers Federation (TÜROFED).

 

In 2019, the Turkish tourism industry enjoyed an optimistic year with increased visitors and soaring revenue. Tourism revenue hit $34.52 billion, which is a record high, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat), marking a 17% year-on-year increase from $29.5 billion in 2018.

 

Almost 52 million visitors arrived in Turkey last year, an increase of 13.7% from the year before, made up of 86.2% foreigners and 13.8% Turkish citizens residing abroad, as per TurkStat. Turkey is planning to receive 58 million tourists throughout this year.

 

Çorabatir said, “We closed out last year with tourism income of $660 per person, and this year I expect $700. This will push tourism income up to $5 billion.”

 

Tourism has become a significant sector globally and in light of this, Turkey is supporting it, Çorabatir added.

 

Both the tourism sector and the Turkish government are making efforts to further increase the tourism revenue, Çorabatır said.

 

Turkey was named the sixth-most visited country in the world, according to recently revealed figures by the UNWTO.

 


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