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Turkish Tourism Growth Continues Unabating

Posted on 03 August 2011

According to the latest data from the Turkish tourist and statistical bodies, Turkish tourism is growing strongly this year, and the target of 30 million for this year as a whole continues to look attainable.

The Turkish culture and tourism ministry has just reported that 13 million tourists visited Turkey in the first 6 months of this year, up 12% compared to the same period of last year. According to the body Germans remained the biggest market, with 14.7%, followed by Russians with 11.4%, Brits with 7.7% and Iranians with 7%. Earlier this year a report had indicated that Brits may now have fallen back into 4th place but this seems to have turned around again.

Even more significantly for me was the fact that Antalya was the biggest port of entry, with some 32.8% of arrivals being handled by the coastal city’s air or maritime ports. Istanbul welcomed 27 percent of tourists, and the border city of Edirne processed 8.8 percent of foreign visitors. This is a testament to the continued popularity of Antalya as a tourist destination.

Of course Antalya is also one of the top destinations for those considering buying property in Turkey. Overseas property is once again growing in popularity according to the UK’s largest property website Rightmove. According to the portal’s search data for June, Turkey is the 5th fastest growing destination in terms of search volume.

In other news Turkstat has revealed a 17.8% year on year growth in tourism revenues, with revenues from tourism totalling 5.5 billion USD in the second quarter.

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