Istanbul hosts over 9 million foreign tourists in first 10 months of 2017
ANKARA/ISTANBUL - Anadolu Agency
The ministry released a report on Nov. 15 revealing the statistics of foreigners who visited Istanbul between January and October.
Accordingly, Istanbul hosted 9,120,248 foreign tourists in the first 10 months of the year, up by 16 percent compared to the same period of 2016.
The number of Chinese tourists increased 35.3 percent with more than 170,000 people, which were nearly 128,000 in 2016.
The report also revealed that tourists from Arab countries made up nearly 25 percent of total foreigners—more than 2.27 million. It said the 25 percent increase in tourists from Arab countries was reported compared to the first 10 months of 2016.
The report also said that the Atatürk Airport hosted more than seven million foreign visitors, while the Sabiha Gökçen Airport received two million.