Foreign arrivals, tourism revenues in Turkey rose last year
Istanbul, Turkey’s world-famous touristic city, was the top destination with 13.4 million tourists, accounting for 34 percent of all foreign visitors.
The Mediterranean resort city of Antalya followed Istanbul with 12.4 million foreign visitors in 2018.
Last year, nearly 6 million Russians visited Turkey, a 26.5 percent increase from 2017, while the number of German tourists rose by 25.9 percent on an annual basis to 4.5 million. The third largest group was Bulgarians: visits from this country were up 28.8 percent to 2.4 million. In 2018, a total of 2.25 million Britons spent their holiday in Turkey, a 35.9 percent increase from 2017.
““While 81.8 percent of this income [excluding GSM roaming and marina service expenditures] was obtained from foreign visitors, 18.2 percent was obtained from citizens residing abroad,” TÜİK said.
Foreigners spent some $2.7 billion on clothes and shoes, and $966 million on souvenirs in addition to nearly $77 million on carpets and rugs.