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Tourism Ministry Reports Strong Growth in Arab Visitor Numbers

The Arab invasion has begun. Kidding of course, but according to a new report from the Turkish ministry for culture and tourism the number of Arab tourists has grown rapidly this year. The ministry reports that visitors from qatar in the first four months of the year doubled compared to...

Posted on 18 May 2012

EU Visitors Have Tripled Since 2000

The number of EU tourists travelling to Turkey has almost tripled in the last 10 years according to new data. During a meeting at the European Parliament in Brussels, Turkish tourism minister Ertrugul Gunay said that visitors from the EU “counted only 6.5 million in 2000 and are now 18...

Posted on 11 May 2012

A Week of Tourism Events and Controversy

This week was a week of big tourism events in Turkey, events which brought a new realisation on tourism income growth in Turkey. The Turkey Tourism Summit in the Istanbul Convention and Exhibition Centre ICEC made the headlines for a rather controversial reason. Hurriyet headline: "Minister blames statistics body for...

Posted on 10 February 2012

Hilton set to increase its number of hotels in Turkey again

Istanbul, 8 February 2012 - The Hilton hotel group has announced plans to open 13 new hotels in Turkey taking its Hilton branded hotels in Turkey to 33. Making the announcement at the Central Asia and Turkey Hotel Investment Conference, Didier Martin, the Vice President Operations Eastern Europe Israel, Russia...

Posted on 09 February 2012

Turkey’s tourism income up by 10 percent

Istanbul, 31 January 2012 - According to Turkish Statistical Institute Turkey’s tourism income rose by over 10 percent in 2011 (from 2010) reaching 23 billion USD. The UN World Tourism Organization ranks Turkey seventh in the world for the most visited destination. With the number of visitors to Turkey increasing...

Posted on 31 January 2012

Foreign visitors flock to Istanbul

6 January 2012, Istanbul - In 2011 Turkey received over 30 million visitors making it the 7th most popular destination in the world. Of this 30 million 8 million people visited the stunning city of Istanbul according its Culture and Tourism department number. This number shows an increase of over...

Posted on 06 January 2012

Turkish Tourism Hits the 30 Million Target

It's official, Turkey has crossed the long-anticipated threshold of 30 million visitors, a year later than expected. During the boom the government set the tourism target that Turkey would be receiving 30 million visitors per year by 2010. Then the credit crunch happened. Most tourism markets were completely derailed by...

Posted on 30 December 2011

Southern Turkey opens largest Eastern Med marina

29 November 2011, Ankara - Mr Binali Yildrim, the Turkish Minister of Transportation, Maritime and Communications has opened the largest Eastern Med yacht marina in the southern Turkish town of Mersin. The marina has cost 100 million TRY (About 54 million USD) and can berth up to 1,000 boats. Mr...

Posted on 29 November 2011

Turkey’s visitors just keep going up

27 October 2011, Istanbul - According to the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism recently released data Turkey is now one of the world’s favourite tourism destinations with over 25 million visitors in the first 9 months of 2011. In September alone almost 4 million visitors went to Turkey, an...

Posted on 27 October 2011

Turkish Tourism Looks Set for 30m Target

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...

Posted on 27 October 2011