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International tourist arrivals in Turkey dropped 3.8 percent year-on-year in the first four months of the year, a WTO report says. DHA photo

International tourist arrivals in Turkey dropped 3.8 percent year-on-year in the first four months of the year, a WTO report says. DHA photo

International tourist arrivals in the first four months of 2012 dropped 3.8 percent compared with the same period last year, according to data compiled by Anatolia news agency from the World Tourism Organization (WTO). Turkey’s tourism revenues recorded a 7 percent drop in the same period according to the World Tourism Barometer.

The number of Iranian tourists coming to Turkey has dropped significantly in this period as relations between the two countries have become increasingly tense due to Turkey’s confrontation against Syria and the scaling down of energy imports from Iran due to Western sanctions.

The number of Iranian tourists plunged to 438,840 in the first four months of the year, from 746,686 in the same period last year, according to data issued by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The figure was 739,803 in the same period in 2010, the data show.

The main reason for the significant decrease was pressures from the Iranian government, Turkish ministry sources have said, according to daily Hürriyet. The ministry is working to find new markets to offset the adverse effects of the European financial crisis particularly on international tourist arrivals in Turkey.

International tourist arrivals worldwide grew by 5 percent in the first four months of 2012, despite remaining economic uncertainties in some of the major outbound markets, the WTO said yesterday on its website.

Between January and April 2012, international tourist arrivals (overnight visitors) worldwide totaled 285 million, 15 million more than in the same period of 2011, the WTO said.

Asia and the Pacific and Africa show the best results; both record an 8 percent increase. The Americas recorded growth slightly above the world average with 6 percent. Europe registered 4 percent growth despite continuing economic volatility in the eurozone.


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kerem atan

7/19/2012 11:45:23 AM

sam stevens. turkey is a safer country for the travellers. u shouldnt get concerned about it.some european countries are even more unsafe. theres no riots nor the strikes of transportation workers here.but if ur disturbed with the mosques and nitpicking about such things, u dont have to visit Turkey.

sam stevens

7/11/2012 5:41:27 PM

I'd love to come to Turkey, but with all the murders,explosions & collapses I'd be afraid . I'd be scared to pass an opinion on anything in case I was arrested,hotel pools have a bad cleanliness record too & I'm told by friends who have been, found Istanbul so very noisy with all the mosques competing & the traffic ! Shame really & Mr Erdogan wants more.

Aslam Benli

7/11/2012 5:12:00 PM

oops, AKP and the Erdoganimics were wrong... we DO need tourists after all (it is a self inflicted damage, caused by childish reactions of our PM and the AKP)

mara mcglothin

7/11/2012 4:19:47 PM

But Turkey doesn't need anyone remember?

mistique holland

7/11/2012 11:18:36 AM

@rich bind, does it anywhere in this article say that Turkey has a problem with the decline of tourists?NO.YOU like to think that. It aRE certain kind of nationalities who are declining due to arguments between countries like Iran etc. and be honest WHO needs tourists from those countries?The western tourists are still coming by plane loads and LOVE Turkey. In the Netherlands Turkey is destination number 1.Tourists will ALWAYS visit Turkey, because it's a great country, your reaction is childesh

Nick(vR) VR

7/11/2012 11:04:44 AM

This means 308,000 Iranian tourists less. Let's assume they all make only a one week holiday in Turkey and spend a minimum of 20 US dollars a day. (308,000 x 7 days x 20 US dollars = 43,120.000 US dollars). The same number of tourists from Israel is missing, so we can at least double the amount to 86,240,000 US dollars. This is only the cash money they spend excl. the money they already paid for lodging and transportation, so the damage will probably be hundreds of millions of US dollars.

Steve Cooper

7/11/2012 10:36:56 AM

It could have something to do with the world recession!!

rich bind

7/11/2012 6:19:15 AM

I thought the number of tourist was no problem when Erdogan recently stated: "we don't need Israeli tourists." Well, it looks like a lot of tourists are saying " we don't need Turkey."
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