Turkey's tourism industry is still performing strongly in spite of the continuing global economic downturn as the country is now ranked in the top 10 most visited countries by the UN World Tourism Organization. It is the sixth most visited country in the world, and is especially popular with visitors from the UK.
In 2011 2.6 million Brits visited the country, making the UK the third largest market for visitors to Turkey. Due to its popularity Turkey is planning to increase investment in the UK in order to promote itself as being a holiday destination.
It isn't difficult to see the attraction of visiting Turkey as it is a country that enjoys good weather, but also has something for everyone. It has numerous blue flag beaches offering a safe and clean environment for families, and many important archaeological sites for those looking for a more culturally oriented holiday. It also helps that the food is fantastic.
The Turkish tourism industry has gone from strength to strength over the past three decades, as in 1980 the country received just 1.2 million visitors. In comparison Turkey received 31.4 million visitors last year. It's expected this rapid growth will continue, as at the end of September this year the number of travellers visiting the country had already exceeded 25.7 million, more than the number of arrivals for the same period last year.
In 2023 Turkey celebrates 100 years since the founding of the Turkish Republic and has set a number of ambitious targets to mark the event. One of these is to increase the number of visitors to at least 50 million annually which would make it the fifth most visited country in the world by international travellers.