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Turkey’s tourism revenues doubled in 2021

Data confirms the recovery of the Turkish tourism sector. The number of tourists who travelled to Turkey in 2021 grew by 88%.

Turkey’s tourism revenues doubled in 2021 thanks to the increase in the number of tourists who visited the country last year, according to data published this Monday by the Turkish Statistical Institute (TÜİK), confirming the recovery of the Turkish tourism sector from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Statistics show that tourism revenues increased by 103% last year to reach some 25 billion dollars, although the figure is still far from that of 2019, before the coronavirus pandemic, when Turkey beat all its tourism records and earned 34.5 billion dollars for this concept.

The report published today by TÜİK indicates that during the fourth quarter of 2021 tourism revenues grew by 95% compared to the previous year, totalling 7.6 billion dollars during the period: only 3% below the revenue obtained by the country in the fourth quarter of 2019, before the start of the pandemic.

Number of tourists who travelled to Turkey grew by 88%

In total, during 2021 the number of people who travelled to Turkey grew more than 88% compared to the previous year, to exceed 30 million tourists, according to other data provided by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism of the Eurasian country; of them, 24.7 million were foreign tourists – which grew by 94% in 2021 – and the rest were Turkish living outside the country who travelled to Turkey for different reasons.

By country of origin, Russia once again led the ranking of countries of origin of foreign tourists who travelled to Turkey, with a total of 4.7 million visitors: that is, 120.5% more than in 2020. They were followed by Germans, with 3.1 million tourists in total over the past year (an increase of 175.5%), and in third place by Ukrainians, with more than 2 million visitors (a growth of 106.5%).

In December alone, foreign visits to Turkey grew by 170.6% and approached 1.9 million tourists; in December, it was Bulgarian tourists who topped the ranking of tourism in Turkey, with more than 265,000 visitors and a growth of 160% compared to December 2020; they were followed by Germans with more than 188,000 (growth of 299%) and the Iranians with more than 151,000, which represents an increase of 350%.