Istanbul, foreign tourists

Istanbul expects to receive 17 million foreign tourists this year

Istanbul expects to receive 20% more European tourists this year, and aspires to become the main destination for cruise tourism.

Istanbul expects to receive 17 million foreign tourists this year, with a special significant increase in the arrival of foreign tourists from European countries, according to representatives of the tourism sector, who believe that 2022 will be a year in which there will be a spectacular recovery of the tourism in Turkey after the collapse of the sector during the pandemic.

Data from the Istanbul Culture and Tourism Directorate indicate that in the first quarter of 2022 some 2.9 million foreign tourists travelled to the Bosphorus metropolis; only during the month of March, 1.16 million tourists from other countries visited the Turkish city, which represents an increase of 112% compared to the same month last year. Foreign tourist visits also grew by 136% and 173% in January and February, respectively.

The Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, recognized a few days ago the good progress of tourist activity in Istanbul, which expects to receive 20% more tourists from European countries this year, and announced the start of construction of a new port for cruise ships in the Yenikapı area.

“Cruise arrivals with foreign tourists in Istanbul are booming: more than 200 cruise ships have booked (to dock) at Galataport, and cruise arrivals could double. This potential shows that Istanbul needs another cruise port”, explained the minister, who assured that by 2024 or 2025 Turkey could become the main destination for cruise ships in Europe. In 2022 alone, cruise tourism revenue is expected to reach €300 million.