Oct 02 | 2018
Turkish tourists are expanding their horizons and travelling abroad more in 2018, according to the Turkish Statistical Institute. Over the first six months of 2018, the number of Turkish tourists travelling abroad rose 1.7% compared to the same period in 2017, reaching 4.26 million.
In 2017, the total number of tourists travelling overseas reached 9.44 million.
An increase was seen in those travelling for religious, business, educational and shopping purposes in the first half of 2018.
Where are Turkish tourists going?
In 2017, the most popular destination for Turkish tourists was neighbouring Georgia. 1,000,278 Turkish tourists hopped over the border to visit Georgia in 2017.
Following Georgia in the top spots were:
Greece – 921,262
Bulgaria – 807,645
Germany – 452,412
Italy – 291,788
Iran – 281,443
Mustafa Kiper, General Manager of Rekor Tourism, offered his thoughts on Georgia’s rise in popularity: “Georgia is so popular among Turkish tourists because of border trade and the opportunity to visit visa-free and even passport-free. Before this visa-free regime was introduced in 2010, the number of tourists visiting Georgia barely reached 200,000, now, more than 1 million Turkish tourists visited Georgia in 2017.”
Turkish tourist spend grows
During the first half of 2018, Turkish tourists’ expenditure increased an impressive 21.7% compared to the same period in 2017. In total, Turkish tourists spent $2.73 billion USD.
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