Turkey Breaks Tourism Records
With its unique charm and cultural diversity, Turkey is considered one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world because it combines rich history, picturesque nature, and wonderful culture. Most importantly, tourism in Turkey is reasonably priced compared to European tourist cities such as Paris, for example.
In this article, we will talk about the records that tourism has broken in Turkey, from its famous historical landmarks in Istanbul, to the picturesque nature in regions such as Cappadocia, Pamukkale, and Antalya. How can tourism in Turkey impress everyone every year by generating huge sums of money for the state?
Turkey's economy and its connection with Tourism
Tourism in Turkey is one of the key sectors of Turkey's economy, playing an important role in promoting economic growth, generating hard currency and promoting social development. In addition to the direct contribution to the gross domestic product, tourism in Turkey offers wide-ranging employment opportunities, especially for those working in the field of trade, hospitality, tourism, and real estate investors, and it also enhances cultural and social exchange with the outside world.
Turkey is considered one of the major tourist destinations in the world, with millions of tourists coming there every year to explore its amazing tourist attractions and enjoy the travel experience there. The increase in the number of tourists in Turkey contributes to enhancing investments in the hospitality, tourism, real estate and other sectors, which creates new job opportunities and supports economic growth in the country.
Thu, a close relationship emerges between the economy and tourism in Turkey, as the tourism sector acts as a major driver of Turkish economic growth and social development in the country, and contributes significantly to strengthening international relations and enhancing cultural and economic exchange with the outside world.
It is worth noting that Turkey's revenues from tourism jumped by 13.1% to $20.23 billion in the third quarter of 2023, according to the report of the Turkish Statistical Institute, which reflects the continuation of the strong trend of this vital tourism sector in Turkey to fill the deficit in any other field.
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Turkey breaks records in tourism 2023
According to a statement published today by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism in November 2023, the number of tourists who visited Turkey during the period from the beginning of January to the end of November of the year 2023 increased by 11.82% compared to the same period of the previous year, which indicates that things are moving in the direction of the government’s plans in order to increase the number of tourists and foster tourism in Turkey in the coming years.
According to the ministry’s statistics, Turkey received 52 million 742 thousand and 526 visitors during the above-mentioned period. The following tourists were 46 million 725 thousand 424 foreigners, in addition to 6 million 17 thousand 102 Turkish citizens residing abroad. It is worth noting that the Russians topped the list of foreign tourists visiting Turkey the most during the first 11 months of the year 2023, followed by the Germans in second place, then citizens of the United Kingdom in third place, and after them came the Bulgarians and then the Iranians, respectively.
It is noteworthy that Turkey's revenues from the tourism sector in 2023 amounted to about 46.28 billion dollars, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat). The Turkish Ministry of Treasury and Finance had set a goal of receiving 60 million foreign tourists for the year 2023, and increasing tourism revenues to 56 billion dollars. It should be noted that Turkey aims to receive 90 million tourists in 2028, and raise tourism revenues to 100 billion dollars.
The Turkish government pays great attention to the tourism in Turkey, and is working to constantly develop it, as the tourism sector in Turkey is one of the most important economic sectors and an important source of national income, and the sector enjoys a strong infrastructure, tourist facilities, and services that have made it advanced globally.
Istanbul Airport is the first in Europe in 2023
According to the annual report of the European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation (Eurocontrol), Istanbul International Airport ranked at the top of the list of European airports as the best airport in Europe for the year 2023, as the average number of daily flights reached 1,375 flights per day during the year 2023. It is worth noting that Istanbul Airport maintained its position Leading the way in Europe for the second year.
The airport recorded an increase of 19 percent in 2023, compared to the previous year, with 1,375 flights per day. Speaking of record numbers regarding tourism in Turkey, Istanbul Airport set a record for the number of daily flights on June 22 with 1,684 flights.
According to the report of the General Directorate of the Airport Operating Authority, in the first ten months of the year 2023, 64 million 613 thousand and 433 passengers traveled from Istanbul Airport. As for Sabiha Gokcen Airport, the number of passengers in the first 10 months reached 30 million 952 thousand and 81 passengers. The increase in the number of passengers through Istanbul Airport reached 21 percent, amounting to 11 million 7 thousand 877 passengers. As for Sabiha Gokcen Airport, it recorded an increase in the number of passengers by 22 percent, with an increase of 5 million 539 thousand and 237 passengers.
Antalya Airport breaks the records in 2023
Antalya, the jewel of tourism in Turkey, witnesses huge groups of tourists every year, especially European and Eastern European tourists, as data showed that the city located in southern Turkey received a record number of foreign tourists arriving by air through Antalya Airport. According to a report by the Directorate of Culture and Tourism, Antalya Airport received more than 9 million tourists in the first half of 2023.
According to the Antalya State Directorate of Culture and Tourism, the number of visitors to the famous tourist city in the Mediterranean basin continues to increase year after year. In addition, the percentage increase in the number of tourists compared to the same period of the previous year amounted to 21 percent.
In conclusion, tourism in Turkey is considered one of the pillars of the Turkish economy because it is a tourist country par excellence. It is one of the first destinations for tourists of different nationalities, whether in winter or summer, for several reasons that distinguish it from others, such as its diverse climate, its diverse terrain and nature, the number of civilizations and nations that lived on it and left behind traces that take the breath away from the intensity of its beauty and charm, and in addition to all of that, it is a unique mixture of East and West that one would like to spend their vacation within.
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