Turkish tourism sector contributes TL461.3 billion to the country’s economy last year

Published on : Wednesday, June 19, 2019

One in every eight Turkish lira is now generated by Turkey’s travel and tourism sector. The Turkish tourism sector contributed TL461.3 billion ($95.6 billion) to the country’s economy last year, with the sector now representing a 12.1 per cent share of the Turkish economy.


To quote Salih Ozer, Attaché of Culture and Information, Turkey to the UAE, “The travel and tourism sector plays a crucial role as a driver of economic growth, job creation and social inclusion. Repeat visits from tourists from the GCC countries in particular help fuel the growth of this sector. We expect tourist spending in Turkey to continue undeterred through to the end of this year as the number of visitors bound for Turkish cities rises.”


The Turkish city of Istanbul ranks eighth in the world regarding international spending, adding $16.3 billion in visitor exports, even ahead of other popular European destinations like London, Paris, Barcelona and Amsterdam. A large slice of this spending has been attributed to Turkey’s growing popularity as a shopping destination.


A significant spike has been noticed in the number of international tourists, especially tourists from neighboring Arab Countries, travelling into Turkey to shop, especially for high-end designer and luxury brands.


The Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism takes part in travel exhibitions and conferences to position the country as a leading tourist destination. With its breath-taking views, unique historical and archaeological sites, steadily improving hotel and touristic infrastructure and a tradition of hospitality and competitive prices, Turkey is among the most adored travel destinations in the world.


Turkey has cultural connections with ancient Greek, Persian, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires. Cosmopolitan Istanbul, on the Bosphorus Strait, is home to the iconic Hagia Sophia, with its soaring dome and Christian mosaics, the massive 17th-century Blue Mosque and the circa-1460 Topkapı Palace, former home of sultans. Ankara is the modern capital of Turkey.


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