This March, 1,460,563 foreign tourists came to Turkey. This year's figure displayed a 9.7 percent drop compared to figures from the same month the year prior. In fact, the number of foreign visitors in the first three months of the year decreased by 6.3 percent compared to figures from the first quarter last year, dropping to 3,439,745 visitors in total. In the month of March as well as in the January to March period, the highest number of visitors to Turkey came from Germany.
The Ministry of Tourism and Culture have released figures obtained from the Security General Directorate on Entries and Exits of foreigners and citizens in March 2012. Figures show that this March saw a 9.7 percent drop in visitors compared to the same month the year prior, with the total number of foreign visitors decreasing from 1,617,782 visitors to 1,460,563. Out of this figure, 21,687 visitors (1.5 percent) came to Turkey on day trips. According to statistics, 45.2 percent, totaling 659,881 visitors to Turkey entered from Istanbul, while 20.3 percent totaling 296,420 visitors came in from Antalya. Istanbul and Antalya were followed by Edirne with 11.3 percent, Artvin with 5.9 percent and Izmir with 2.9 percent of visitors entering in March.
TURKEY'S HIGHEST NUMBER OF VISITORS CAME FROM GERMANY
Germans topped the list of highest numbers of visitors in March at 17.4 percent, followed by Iranians at 9.3 percent; Bulgarians came in third with 6.7 percent. Bulgarians were followed by nationals from the Russian Federation, England, Greece, France, Syria and Azerbaijan.
IN THE FIRST THREE MONTHS OF THE YEAR 3.7 MILLION FOREIGN TOURISTS CAME TO TURKEY
The number of foreign visitors to Turkey in the first three months of the year dropped 6.3 percent compared to last year, with the total decreasing from 3,673,000 to 3,439,745. Out of this figure, 36,605 (1.1%) came for the day. From the January to March period, 46.7 percent totaling 1,605,741 foreign visitors entered Turkey from Istanbul. Antalya followed with 16.4 percent totaling 564,612 visitors entering. The other borders that followed with the highest number of foreign visitors entering were Edirne with 11.3 percent, Artvin with 7.3 percent and Ağrı with 2.3 percent."
GERMANS TOPPED THE LIST FOLLOWED BY IRAN
Out of a total 3,439,000 tourists during the January to March period, 15.2 percent came from Germany, 8.2 percent came from Iran, seven percent came from Georgia, followed by Bulgaria, the Russian Federation, Syria, Greece, England, Azerbaijan and France.
The following is a list of the distribution of foreign visitors to Turkey according to years and months.
Months Years Percentage Rates
2010 2011 2012
January 809,974 - 975,723 - 981,611/ 20,46 0,60
February 953,848 - 1,079,505 - 997,571/ 13,17 -7.59
March 1,414,616 - 1,617,782 - 1,460,563 /14,36 -9.72
April 1,744,628 - 2,290,722 / 31,30
May 3,147,492 - 3,283,125 / 4,28
June 3,500,024 - 3,780,637 / 8,02
July 4,358,275 - 4,597,475 / 5,49
August 3,719,180 - 4,076,783 / 9,62
September 3,486,319 - 3,923,546 / 12,54
October 2,840,095 - 3,039,754 / 7,03
November 1,491,005 - 1,596.295 / 7,06
December 1,165,903 - 1,194,729 / 2,47
Total 28,632,204 - 31,456,076 / 9,86
Three months total: 3,178,438 - 3,673,010 - 3,439.745 / 15,56 -6,35