Posted on 27 October 2011
According to the latest data tourism to Turkey is continuing to grow strongly. The Culture and Tourism Ministry has just released data on the first nine months of this year, showing tourism up 10.67% compared to the same period last year. This is slower than the 12% year on year the body revealed for the first 6 months of the year, but that is far from being the most significant figure. In any case, the year on year growth for the month of September was 12.54%.
We look at the totals: according to the data 13 million tourists visited Turkey in the first 6 months of the year, and 25.6 million in the first nine months of the year. This means that Turkey welcomed almost as many tourists in the three months ending September as it did in the previous six. This means that even if tourism slows to the rate seen in the first six months of the year, then tourism will still hit the set target of 30 million we have all been waiting for.
Apart from that the divisions of where tourists are coming from remained the same as in the first six months. Germany is still the biggest market, with 3.7 million visitors, Russia is still second with 3.1 million, and Britain is still third with 2.2 million.