Turkey welcomes 11.2 mln foreign tourists in 10 months
During lockdowns and travel restrictions worldwide due to the pandemic, the number of foreigners visiting the country posted a decline by around 72.5% on a yearly basis, the ministry data showed.
While the country hosted around 5.7 million foreign visitors in the last three months – August to October – this figure was around only 50,000 during April and May, when the pandemic peaked in Turkey.
In the 10-month period, Istanbul remained Turkey’s top tourist draw, attracting 37.09% of all visitors – around 4.15 million.
The Mediterranean resort city of Antalya followed it with 27.67% or over 3.1 million foreign visitors in the same period, and the northwestern province Edirne, which borders both Bulgaria and Greece, saw the third-highest share with 13.47%.
Some 8.5 million visitors came to Turkey via airways, while 2.5 million chose motorways, 148,550 seaways, and 162,188 railways.
Russians accounted for some 17.06% or nearly 1.91 million of the visitors, followed by Germans with 9.26% (1.03 million visitors), and Bulgarians with some 8.91% (997,470).
In October, the country saw 1.74 million foreign visitors, down 59.40% year-on-year.
In 2019, more than 45 million foreigners entered the country, up from nearly 39.5 million in 2018.