TOURISM > Cruise ships to Turkey sharply rise

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Tourists walk by the Italian cruise ship Diva in Marmaris on the Aegean coast. AA photo

Tourists walk by the Italian cruise ship Diva in Marmaris on the Aegean coast. AA photo

The number of cruise ships that docked at Turkey’s ports has increased 83 percent, while the number of passengers who came to the country on those ships has climbed 276 percent in last nine years.

Cruise ship tourism, which attracts high income people, has grown about 10 percent every year.

The number of tourists coming to Turkey by cruise ship has recorded a year-on-year increase of 10.8 percent in 2004, 17.4 percent in 2005, 34.1 percent in 2006, 34.6 percent in 2007 and 17.3 percent in 2008. It recorded a 7.5 percent fall in 2009 due to the global economic crisis. The figure increased by 15 percent in 2010 and finally by 18 percent last year.

The number of cruise ships visiting Turkey was 887 carrying a total of 582,000 passengers in 2003. The figures hit 1,623 cruise ships carrying 2.2 million passengers as of the end of 2011.

During the first five months of this year a total of 300 cruise ships brought 353,000 tourists to Turkey.

Istanbul, the western ports of İzmir, Kuşadası, Bodrum and Marmaris, and the southern port of Antalya are among the favorite destinations of cruise ships out of a total of 23 ports.


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Philip Andrews

7/7/2012 12:47:08 PM

Erdogan was wrong. The Greek crisis is diverting more tourists to Turkey. The Greeks are killing the goose that lays the golden egg -tourism. And the Turks are picking up the ball and running with it! Turkey is an island of stability with good tourist results and facilities, Greece is an economic and political shambles. So what's new? Well done Turkey!

john albay

6/25/2012 1:56:24 PM

very simple many ships that used to stop in greece now stop in Turkey as we do not strike or rip off the tourist!
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