Turkey welcomes 9.5 mln foreign visitors in 9 months
ISTANBUL- Anadolu Agency
Amid lockdowns and travel restrictions worldwide due to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of foreigners visiting the country dropped some 74% on a yearly basis, the ministry data showed.
While the country hosted 4 million foreign visitors in the last two months – August and September – this figure was around only 50,000 during April and May, when the pandemic peaked in Turkey.
In the nine-month period, Istanbul remained Turkey’s top tourist draw, attracting 38.28% of all visitors – around 3.6 million.
The Mediterranean resort city of Antalya followed it with 25.56% or over 2.4 million foreign visitors in the same period, and the northwestern province Edirne, which borders both Bulgaria and Greece, saw the third-highest share with 13.16%.
Some 7.2 million visitors came to Turkey via airways, while 2.12 million chose motorways, 148,550 seaways, and 4,523 railways.
Russians accounted for some 15% or nearly 1.4 million of the visitors, followed by Germans with 9.65% (912,749 visitors), and Ukrainians with some 8.17% (772,851).
In September, the country saw 2.2 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.
The hotel occupancy rate across Turkey was 35.4% in the nine-month period, down 47.8% from the same period last year, a hotel association said on Friday.
The average daily rate (ADR) for rooms dropped 9% in the same period to €72 ($84), while revenue per available room (RevPAR) was down by 52.5% to €25.4 ($29.6), according to the Turkish Hotel Association (TUROB).
The occupancy rate was 44.9% in September, down 39.6% year-on-year.
A number of hotels in Turkey temporarily shuttered due to the pandemic, and the occupancy rate of 44.9% was calculated from the hotels that decided to stay open, the group said.
The ADR rose 4.8% to €87.2 ($101.7), and the RevPAR was down 36.8% to €39.1 ($46.2) in September.
The highest occupancy rate was seen in Antalya both in September and the nine-month period, with 60.5% and 39.8%, respectively.