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Turkey’s tourism income has increased

Turkey’s tourism income has increased
31 Oct 2014

The tourism income in Turkey has increased by 11% in the third quarter of the year compared to the same period in 2013, statistics have shown.

The Turkish Statistics Agency (TUIK) revealed on October 30th that the figures increased to $12.9 billion (approximately £8 billion).

Of this increase, it is believed that foreign visitors to the country contributed for a total of 81.8% of the revenue gained through tourism, which the remainder being obtained by Turkish citizens who live abroad.

In total, the expenditure of visitors who organised their travel in Turkey individually came to $8.91 billion as a share of the total amount of tourism income, with $3.95 billion being produced by those who organised their trip through package tours.

On average, the expenditure per foreign visitor was $712, with Turkish citizens living abroad spending $963 on average.

In 2013, Turkey was the world’s sixth top destination when it came to tourist numbers, according to the World Tourism Organization, and given that between January and September 2014, over 30 million tourists visited the country, compared to the 28.3 million in the same period last year, it is likely that Turkey will continue as a top destination.

The Turkish tourism minister, Ömer Çelik, said in a written statement: “Tourism continues to break records in Turkey despite the instability surrounding the country.”

It is clear that these instabilities aren’t overshadowing the country’s offerings as a tourist destination. Attractions such as Bodrum Castle, Mount Nemrut, the Blue Mosque and the country’s beautiful beaches are no doubt helping to keep those looking for a holiday drawn in.

The good news is only set to continue for Turkey as representatives believe that around 42 million tourists will visit Turkey by the end of the year. On top of this it is hoped that tourism revenues will reach $35 billion, which would mark a 6 percent boost in the number of tourists compared to last year.ADNFCR-408-ID-801757942-ADNFCR

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