Posted on 30 June 2011
According to the latest data from the Culture and Tourism Ministry, Turkey welcomed 9 million visitors in the first 5 months of 2011, a 15% growth on the same period last year. The news comes about 1 month after the Ministry revealed the 6 million visitors in the first 4 months was a 21% growth on last year. So, while growth is slowing it is strong.
According to the data Germany maintained its place as the biggest market with 15% of the visitors coming from Germany, Russia was the second biggest market with 9.4%, Iran was third with 8%, the UK slips back to fourth with 6.5% and Bulgaria was just behind that with 6%.
Russia has grown into Turkey’s second biggest tourism market only recently. We have also heard reports lately that Turkey is now one of the top choices for Russian overseas property buyers, so increasing tourism is certainly going to drive sales of holiday homes, as we have seen in the past.
According to the Ministry the strong opening to the year leaves Turkey on track for its target of over 30 million visitors this year, a target originally set for 2010.