ANKARA - Anatolia News Agency
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.