In 2021, Turkey is set to attract 25 million international tourists

Published on : Thursday, January 7, 2021

The tourism of Turkey is anticipating bringing in 25 million international tourists this 2021 as the vaccines for coronavirus boosts new expectation of a better year, after experiencing a major drop in tourist numbers caused by the pandemic.

The sources from tourism explain that it will take at least two years for the numbers to reach that expected level which existed before pandemic. Tourism revenues account for up to 12% of the Turkish economy.

In 2019, the number of international visitors to Turkey was 45.06 million; tourism revenues were $34.5 billion. In the initial 11 months of last year, the number of foreign visitors coming to Turkey was 12 million. It was a drop by 72%.

“We need to reach a target of 25-30 million in 2021. 2021 is the year of crawling and standing up. 2022-2023 will be the year of running,” said Turkey Hoteliers Federation (TUROFED) Chairman Sururi Corabatir.

Corabatir have explained that the most crucial factor would be vaccination followed by a slump in the cases of coronavirus cases, both in Turkey and the countries which send tourists to Turkey.

“In 2021, we are targeting half of the numbers in 2019,” Turkey Travel Agencies Association (TURSAB) Chairman Firuz Baglikaya said. “The sector will experience much tougher competition in 2021. The cake is getting smaller, so those who want a slice will have to be much more aggressive.” Baglikaya said.

Turkey reported 13,695 new coronavirus cases on Monday and 197 related deaths. Ankara has inflicted curfews every weekday evenings and full weekend lockdowns for over a month.

The first shipment of Sinovac’s CoronaVac vaccine has entered Turkey and has signed an agreement for up to 30 million doses from Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine as well.

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