Number of foreign visitors drops in first 5 months of this year
ANKARA- Anadolu Agency
Due to the pandemic, the number of foreigners visiting the country plummeted 66.35% in the January-May period on an annual basis, according to the data.
Turkey's historic metropolitan city of Istanbul was the top destination for tourists, hosting 54.86% of all visitors- around 2.3 million.
This is followed by the northwestern Edirne province with 13.27% or nearly 570,000 foreign visitors in the same period.
The Mediterranean resort city of Antalya received the third-highest number of foreigners, with about 432,000 during the first five months.
As the virus's impact still continues around the world, earnest in mid-March with broad travel restrictions and closure of airports and national borders, Turkey's tourism activities nearly came to a halt in May.
The country saw a 99.2% year-on-year decline in foreign visitor numbers, down to 29,829 last month.
Last year, more than 45 million foreigners- a historic high- entered the country, up from nearly 39.5 million in 2018.