Posted on 08 September 2011
As with anything, the number of tourists a country receives in a given period is subject to a number of different measurements, all of which arrive at their own total depending on how they are worked out. According to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Turkey attracted 27 million foreign visitors in 2010.
While this is lower than the 28 million plus recorded by the tourism ministry, more importantly this brought Turkey into the UNWTO’s top 10 tourist destinations at number 7, and was also 10th in terms of tourism income. The latter is particularly significant, because the Turkish tourism authorities have long reported a focus on increasing revenues from the country’s large tourism base.
The organisation also reported a 10.64 percent increase in the first six months of this year compared to the same period last year, receiving over 17 million tourists during the period.
A 10% growth for the year would put Turkey at 29.7 million visitors this year, close to the 30 million target that has been so elusive thus far.
According to the data Germans, Russians, Britons, Iranians, and Bulgarians formed the majority of the foreigners visiting Turkey in the first 7 months of this year.