Antalya, hotels and tourism

Turkey received almost 10 million foreign tourists

Restrictions of the coronavirus pandemic have caused a 70% drop in international tourism.

Turkey received 9.46 million foreign tourists during the first 9 months of 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest data published at the end of October by the country’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism, representing a drop of 74% compared to the number of tourists who visited Turkey in the same period last year.

According to the country’s hotel business associations, the hotel occupancy rate in Turkey between January and September remained at 35.4%, compared to 47.8% in the first nine months of last year. However, it must be taken into account that this rate was calculated only on the basis of the hotels that decided to open their doors during the pandemic.

Among the main tourist destinations, Istanbul stood out, attracting 38.28% of foreign tourists (about 3.6 million) who received Turkey between January and September; Antalya followed with 25.56% (2.4 million), and in third place with 13.16% the border province of Edirne, which continues to attract tourists from neighbouring Bulgaria and Greece to make shopping.

By nationality, Russians accounted for 15% of total tourists with 1.4 million, followed by Germans with 9.65% (912,749 tourists), and Ukrainians with 8.17% (772,851). Turkey received more than 45 million foreign tourists in 2019, but the coronavirus pandemic has caused a worldwide drop in tourist arrivals estimated at 70%, according to data from the World Tourism Organisation.