Turkey to host 40 million tourists in 2018 – experts


Turkey is set to host a to a record-high of 40 million tourists from abroad in 2018, state-run Anadolu News agency said, citing experts and politicians.

Turkey saw 36.8 million foreigners in 2014 and 36.3 million in 2015, with a sharp decrease to 25.3 million in 2016, according to data from the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK), which revelead that Turkey was able to increase this figure to 32.4 million last year.

The Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB) President Firuz Bağlıkaya, speaking to Anadolu Agency, said “Turkey will see 40 million foreign visitors and its income will climb over $30 billion by the end of 2018.”

Noting that the number of foreign visitors, which increased by 34.91 percent year-on-year in the first two months, will hit a target of 40 million tourists would be achieved this year, Bağlıkaya said the eservation demand for 2018 summer period has been positive.

The TÜRSAB president pointed to demands from Germany and Russia – known as  Turkey’s main tourism market – being ‘’very positive,’’ with Germany’s demands increasing by 60 percent and Russia by 30 percent.

Deputy Culture and Tourism Minister Hüseyin Yayman had previously stated that Turkey’s 2018 target is 40 million foreign tourists.

President of the Professional Hotel Managers Association of Turkey, Etem Hakan Duran, noted that reservations had increased in 2018 compared with last year, saying, “Turkey’s Europe tourism market will rise 15-20 percent and the country will host 38 million guests in this year.’’

Turkey has been hard at work attempting to regain its former glory as tourism hotspot as the country’s industry recovers from a slump following the 2016 coup attempt.

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