Published on : Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Turkish tourist arrivals went up in January but there are chances of a slowdown in the coming months, said a hotel association on Monday. The shutting down of Turkey’s border with Iran fueled fears regarding the impact of the corona virus.
The apprehension regarding the spread of the virus in Iran, a key source of tourists for Turkey, became apparent with Turkish Airlines canceling flights to four Iranian cities.
Tourism remains an important source of foreign currency for Turkey.
On Monday, Tourism Ministry figures showed that the number of foreign visitors arriving in Turkey went up 16.1% year-on-year in January to 1.79 million, with Iranians fourth on the list of countries grabbing 6.7% of the market.
On Sunday, Turkey’s health minister said that the country has shut its border with Iran and halted incoming flights as a precautionary measure to stop the potential spread of corona virus.
Tehran said that 12 people have died and up to 61 have been infected by the virus in Iran.
Last year as a whole, around 2.1 million Iranian tourists visited Turkey.