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TOURISM > Tourists spend $5.58 billion in second quarter

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Tourists in Alanya on Turkey’s southern coast practice pool gymnastics. Turkey’s tourism revenues were up 3.8 pct in the second quarter year-on-year. AA photo

Tourists in Alanya on Turkey’s southern coast practice pool gymnastics. Turkey’s tourism revenues were up 3.8 pct in the second quarter year-on-year. AA photo

Turkey’s tourism revenues reached approximately $5.58 billion in the second quarter of the year with a 3.8 percent rise from the same period seen a year earlier, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK).

Foreign visitors generate some 82.1 percent of the revenue with the remaining portion coming from Turks living abroad.

Out of the total tourism expenditure, package tours made up $1.28 billion, while individual visitors spent $4.3 billion. Average expenditure per tourist was $598. Turks living abroad spent $1,095 on average while on holiday in Turkey nearly double the figure of $544 for foreigners.

The amount of the expenditure of Turks visiting abroad dropped by 15 percent to $1.13 in the second quarter year-on-year. The average expenditure of nearly 1.69 million Turks visiting abroad was $668.

July/31/2012

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