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TOURISM > Russian tourists to surpass Germans in Turkey: figures

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Each year, the number of Russian tourists to Turkey inches up, and it will soon surpass the number of visitors from Germany, the country from which the most tourists come to Turkey.

Last year, 3.5 million Russian tourists came to Turkey, while the number of German tourists, including Turks with German passports, was 4.8 million.

High quality facilities

The high quality of Turkey’s tourism facilities and professional services has made Turkey an important brand in global tourism, the president of Turkey’s Tourism Investors Foundation (TYD), Turgut Gür, told the Anatolia news agency. While most countries recorded a drop in the number of tourists last year, Turkey saw a 15 percent increase from the year before, with 31.5 million tourists, said Gür. He expects 33 million tourists to visit Turkey in 2012, and that the country will see $25 billion in tourism revenues. “All our early reservations are completely booked. We have not been affected by the European economic crisis. We see an increase in tourism revenues from Lebanon, Russia and Kazakhstan, countries unaffected by the crisis,” Gür said, noting that every year more and more Russian tourists are interested in vacationing in Turkey, particularly in Antalya and Belek on Turkey’s Mediterranean coast.

May/02/2012

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john albay

5/24/2012 12:05:20 PM

Thanks to the chaos in greece and the very high prices charged in greek occupied cyprus Turkey and the TRNC will have record number of tourists this year. Turkey is well know for its friendly service and people (aside from the few black sheep which are everywhere) The high class Hotels can conpair with the best in the world and the clients are happy. As for drunken tourists the british,german and dutch are NO BETTER!

The Prisoner

5/4/2012 11:12:39 AM

My original comment was censored by HDN (the new gestapo) but was in line with mistique holland. You're spot on mate.

mistique holland

5/2/2012 7:00:45 PM

These Russian alcoholic tourists scare away most of the Europeans. They also buy out most of the hotels.If this continues it will harm Turkey's tourism more than it will bring good.They disgust us with their drinking, shouting, misbehaving. A shame .

Nuri Gotham

5/2/2012 6:59:53 PM

Highy quality climate, history and geography but facilities. Please, check the toilets in the mosques, Istanbul ferries and public facilities with a man sitting with 1TL price tag !

mara mcglothin

5/2/2012 5:44:08 PM

"high quality of Turkey’s tourism facilities and professional services has made Turkey..." High quality? Really? I have never seen a country that advertises more "5 star hotels". In reality there are very few that would rank on the 5 star list.
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