Payments made with foreign bank cards in Turkey this summer have surged by 63% year-on-year, the Interbank Card Center (BKM) revealed yesterday.
Payments with foreign cards between June and September this year hit TL 34 billion, compared to TL 21 billion during the same period of last year.
One in every 10 card payments in Turkey in the summer period was made with cards belonging to foreign tourists.
The rise has pushed the share of payments using foreign cards in overall card payments to 9.3% this year, from 6.9% in the June-September period of 2018.
The average amount of foreign card payments amounted to TL 663, according to BKM data, which also revealed that online foreign card payments constituted 27% of the total foreign card payments.
Jewelry, travel agencies and food were the sectors with the highest increase in payments made with foreign cards during the summer. These three sectors saw an increase of 164%, 88% and 77%, respectively.
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