The number of tourists who visited Turkey's top holiday resort province Antalya surpassed last year's tally of 6.5 million tourists, reaching almost 10 million as of mid-October.
The number of foreign tourists coming to the city via Antalya Airport reached 9.6 million on Friday, Oct. 13, marking an increase of 63 percent for the Jan. 1 to Oct. 13 period, compared to the same period last year.
Nearly 544,000 tourists landed at Antalya Airport, which welcomes an average of 41,769 foreign tourists per day, between Oct. 1 and Oct. 13. Last year in the same period, 413,000 tourists arrived and a total of 791,000 tourists came to the city in October.
Out of the 8.5 million incoming tourists as of the end of September, 3 million of them were Russians. With the addition of 13-day October data, the total number of Russians coming to the city via the Antalya Airport stands at 3.5 million this year.
According to the figures, 1.3 million German, 661,000 Ukrainian and 305,000 British tourists came to the city, followed by 234,000 tourists from Kazakhstan, 212,000 from the Netherlands, 152,000 from Belarus, 144,000 from Poland, 144,000 from Israel, 117,000 from Belgium, 112,000 from Romania and 102,000 tourists from Denmark.
The markets below 100,000 were listed as Iran with 98,000 tourists, Sweden with 84,000, the Czech Republic with 78,000, Slovakia with 74,000, Lithuania with 68,000, Moldova with 64,000, France with 54,000, Switzerland with 52,000, Norway with 45,000, Austria with 43,000, Hungary with 36,000, Finland with 29,000 and Northern Cyprus with 18,000 tourists.