Published on : Tuesday, February 11, 2020
Last year, Turkey’s tourism industry enjoyed record numbers with 51.7 million visitors, and the sector is expecting a double-digit growth this year with soaring revenue due to early bookings. Turkey also stands the chance to become an alternative destination for growing numbers of cruise ships amid China’s struggle with new corona virus outbreak.
Turkish Hoteliers Federation (TÜROFED) Chairman Sururi Çorabatır said that a total of 51.7 million tourists visited Turkey in 2019 with $34.5 billion in revenue, and that the tourism sector is one of the most competitive sectors of the country.
Antalya and Istanbul turned out to be the leading cities, once again, to begin 2020 on a positive note, and if other touristic destinations across Turkey experience the same growth, the number of tourists will go uo to 57 million by the end of the year, said Çorabatır.
Çorabatır said that there have been significant developments in the last two years in terms of boosting the sector, and that the two tourism fairs they attended in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands also promise good outcomes. Sectoral representatives will also take part in several other fairs to be held in Germany, Russia, Ukraine and Dubai in the coming days.
Evaluating the main markets, Çorabatır said that they expect an increase in the number of tourists coming from the U.K., the Netherlands, Germany and Russia.
Çorabatır stated that they are also expecting a serious increase in German tourists and the early bookings received from the country indicate positive results, especially when compared to the same period of the year before.