Payments made with foreign bank cards increased by 83% in Turkey in the period of January to November this year compared to the same period of last year, the InterBank Card Center (BKM) announced Sunday as more tourists choose the country as a major shopping destination.
Turkey, which has the largest credit card market in Europe, recorded impressive growth in foreign card payments in 2019, hitting TL 75 billion, and is expected to reach TL 81 billion by the end of the year, BKM General Manager Soner Cankosaid. He added that the data signals that Turkey had a successful year in terms of shopping tourism.
In recent years, Turkey has become an attractive center for tourists who love shopping along with its reputation as a top sightseeing destination given its natural and cultural beauty. According to official data, tourists in 2018 brought in some $29.5 billion, while the figure is expected to reach around $35 billion this year.
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