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Tourism revenues in Turkey grew 182% this summer

Despite the pandemic, in the months of July, August and September Turkey received 13.6 million tourists, 143.4% more than last year.

Tourism revenues in Turkey grew 182% this summer, following a 2020 year in which tourist visits plummeted due to border closures and restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to data provided today by the Turkish Statistical Institute ( TÜİK).

According to data published by the official statistical agency of Turkey, the Eurasian country received 11,4 billion dollars from tourism between the months of July and September, compared to only 4 billion dollars in the same period last year, when travel between countries was reduced to record levels due to international restrictions to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

This represents a year-on-year increase in tourism revenues of 181.8%. This increase occurred thanks to the fact that in the months of July, August and September, Turkey received 13.6 million tourists, 143.4% more than in the same months of 2020, as many countries eliminated restrictions on travel due to the advancement of vaccination campaigns. Of the total number of visitors that Turkey received in that period, 84% were foreigners, while 16% were Turks residing abroad.