Posted on 14 February 2011
Turkey expects a 20 pct rise in the number of British tourists in 2009
Turkey expects a 20 percent increase in the number of British tourists in 2009, Ismet Yilmaz, Undersecretary of Tourism Ministry told hurriyet.com.tr on Friday.
There is a 20 percent increase in the number of the reservations made by British tourists, Yilmaz said. In 2008, 2.1 million British tourists visited Turkey.
Turkeys tourism revenues, an important resource to finance the huge current account deficit, reached $21.9 billion in 2008 when 31 million tourists visited.
Yilmaz sounded optimistic about the tourism sector despite the global financial crisis with estimating a fall of 20 percent in the number of tourists to Turkey against a 60 percent decrease in the world.
Turkish officials hope European tourists will prefer Turkey, a cheaper destination compared to its peers.
Hurriyet Daily News 13 February 2009