Turkey's tourism revenues surge 22% in Q3 2019

Published 31.10.2019 11:02
Updated 31.10.2019 16:36
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Turkey's tourism income jumped to $14.03 billion in the third quarter of the year, Turkish Statistical Institute (TurkStat) said Thursday.

The country's third-quarter tourism revenue soared 22% year-on-year, up from $11.5 billion, data showed.

"While 82.1% of this income (excluding GSM roaming and marina service expenditures) was obtained from foreign visitors, 17.9% was obtained from citizens residing abroad," TurkStat said.

Individual expenditures constituted nearly $9.9 billion of the total tourism income in the July-September period, while $4.1 billion came from package tour expenditures.

Food and beverage took the lion share from visitors' expenses in the same period with around $2.66 billion – foreigners spent almost $1.95 billion and Turkish visitors living abroad have a share of $713 million.

International transportation, clothes, accommodation and domestic transportation followed the food and beverage items with $1.83 billion, $1.45 billion, $1.39 billion and $1.07 billion, respectively.

The primary visiting purpose of foreigners was travel, entertainment, sports and culture at 59%, and their top accommodation choices were hotels, motels and pensions with 84.5 million overnight stays.

The institute also said Turkey's tourism expenditure – which is the expenditure of Turkish citizens residing in Turkey and visiting abroad – saw a 1.8% annual increase to $1.23 billion in the July-September period.

Turkey welcomed more than 21.6 million visitors in the third quarter, a 15% rise on a yearly basis – 85.3% foreign and 14.7% Turkish citizens living abroad. More than 41 million tourists visited Turkey in the first nine months of 2019.

The country's earnings from tourism also rose in the first two quarters of the year, by 4.6% in Q1 and 13.2% in Q2.

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