Turkey’s tourism turnover reached 26 billion dollars
Turkey has reached an annual turnover of 26 billion dollars in the tourism sector. This has left behind the budget of a group of 88 countries, which includes Georgia, Iceland, Kyrgyzstan and Kosovo. This tourism turnover in Turkey has reached almost 6 times that of the average economic size of the likes of the Seychelles, the Bahamas and the Maldives, which are visited by millions of tourists every year.
According to the information taken from the report containing a 6 month general assessment and the future aims of Turkey in the next 4-5 years, prepared by the Turkish Hoteliers Federation (TÜROFED), a large part of the 26 billion dollar business volume is comprised of accommodation, food, drink and the restaurant sector.
Turkey’s tourism turnover in the 1970s was between 1-2 billion dollars. This rose to 3-5 billion dollars during the 1980s, with the real significant growth occurring in the 1990s, and the total purchases by the sector rising to above 15 billion dollars.
Similar growth figures continued during the first decade of the 21st century, with the total of the goods and services it buys from 54 other sectors reaching 26 billion dollars.
435 million tourists in the period between May – August
The number of tourists throughout the world during the period between May – August, when tourism activities are at their highest, is expected to reach 435 million. This figure is around 40 per cent of the expected number of tourists for the whole year.
The 4 per cent increase in airline reservations during the said period also supports these estimates.
Tourism is in the shop window in Turkey
According to tourism statistics for the first quarter (January – February – March) of 2013, provided by the Turkish Statistics Authority (TÜİK), the number of visitors during the said period rose by 18,7 per cent to 5 million 8 thousand and 425. This figure was comprised of 4 million 76 thousand 518 foreign tourists, and 931 thousand 907 Turkish citizens who live abroad.
The TÜİK data for the second quarter of the year also confirms the increase in tourism. This period, which covers the months of April – May – June saw the number of visitors coming to Turkey rise by 12,8 per cent to 10 million 514 thousand 909. 9 million 519 thousand 922 of these were foreign tourists, while 994 thousand 987 were Turkish citizens who live abroad.
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