Foreigner visits to Turkey jump over 11% in January-May
Nearly 12.8 million foreigners visited the country this January-May, compared to 11.5 million in the same period last year.
Istanbul, one of the country's top tourist draws, recorded the greatest number of foreign arrivals, with 5.4 million.
The Mediterranean resort city of Antalya came second, welcoming 3.1 million foreign visitors.
Russians made up 13.1% of foreign visitors (or 1.8 million), followed by German citizens at 9.5% (1.2 million) and Bulgarians at 7.7% (more than 980,000).
The most common means of transport was by air, with 9.6 million foreign visitors. Also, some 2.9 million foreign visitors used roadways/railways and over 307,000 arrived by sea.
In May, the number of foreigners entering the country also posted an annual rise of 9.35%, reaching 4 million.
According to the Turkish Hotel Association (TUROB) data released on June 28, hotel occupancy rates across Turkey in May totaled 55.3%, down 7.2% from the same month last year.
The average daily rate for rooms was €68.7 ($78.3) last month, up 4.9% year-on-year, said the association.