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Turkey in the tourism industry
Turkey among the top ten countries in the tourism industry
Tourism in Turkey is mainly concentrated in various historical sites and beach resorts on the Aegean and Mediterranean coasts. Turkey has also become a popular destination for culture, spa and health care, as a result of its well-established business in Istanbul and other cities. In 2014, Turkey attracted about 42 million foreign tourists and became the sixth most popular tourist destination in the world. But that number dropped to about 36 million in 2015 and about 25 million in 2016. However, tourism recovery in the country began in 2017, with foreign visitors increasing to 32 million and in 2018 to 39.5 million, and investment in Istanbul boomed.
Istanbul is one of the most important tourist destinations not only in the tourist country of Turkey but also in the world. There are thousands of hotels and other tourism-centric industries in the city that host foreign tourists every year for leisure and vacations, as well as tourism professionals and visitors to the area. The largest city and metropolis of Turkey and a leading global city in the tourism industry. Istanbul has an important tourist attraction inspired by its historical position as the capital of the Byzantine and Ottoman Empire.
These attractions include Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque), Hagia Sophia, Topkapa Palace, Basilica Reservoir. Istanbul has also recently become one of the largest shopping malls in Europe, hosting Europe and the seventh largest shopping malls in the world such as Ackerman and Kuhair Mal, which has greatly boosted its business in Istanbul and other attractions. Includes sporting events, museums and cultural events.
As part of EXPAT Explorer Bank’s annual report for 2019, where the experiences of more than 18,000 immigrants living in 163 countries spoke of the political, cultural and economic conditions in the transferred and destination countries, 62% spoke of Immigrants in the tourist country of Turkey stated that the quality of life in the country exceeded their own.
More than half of the 60% of immigrants in Turkey also said they have a work-life balance because they have enough time for personal life and out-of-work entertainment. The tourist resort of Turkey was the best tourist destination in 2018, registering the highest number of tourists among the 33 European countries, even attracting people to invest in Istanbul.
Report of the European Travel and Tourism Commission (ITC) on the situation in Turkey
According to a report by the European Commission for Travel and Tourism (ATC) in 2018, trends and prospects for the number of tourists traveling to Turkey last year were at the highest growth rate and increased by 22% compared to last year. “The number of tourists visiting the country for the first time exceeded 40 million for the first time and reached 47 million in 2018,” the report added.
ATC also noted that: Turkey recovered quickly from the effects of the July 15, 2016 (failed coup) and survived, and has seen significant increases in inputs, especially from Russia. Accordingly, the number of Russians visiting Turkey was 1.7 million above its peak level.
In 2018, about 6.4 million Russian tourists visited Turkey. Overall, in December, Turkey remains among the cheapest tourist destinations in terms of housing. The tourist country of Turkey is awaiting the entry of tourists from Germany in 2019. On the other hand, British tourists returned to Turkey with the depreciation of the Turkish Lira against Sterling and Pound, with an increase of 36.5% in January-November compared to the same month of 2017.
“Growth from the US to Turkey, according to information, has also been very strong at 32% as of November,” the report adds. On the other hand, Turkey is also benefiting from China’s 2018 announcement of “Turkey Tourism Year”. The range of incomes increased by 67.1 percent last year. “Like many non-European origin markets, the number of Indian tourists visiting Turkey has increased by 74.4%,” the report said.
Turkey specifically targets the Indian wedding tourism market. Interestingly, despite the coup attempt in 2016 and several terrorist attacks, Turkey is on track to recover from key markets such as the UK and Germany still below its peak. Last year’s growth in 2017 also saw a slight decline.