An overwhelming 82.1 percent of tourism revenue was acquired from foreign visitors, while 17.9 percent was acquired from Turkish nationals residing abroad.
The Turkish Statistical Institute has released Turkey's tourism statistics from the second term of 2012. Accordingly, a total 9,323,460 visitors departed Turkey during the April, May and June months. Out of that figure, 8,412,308 were foreigners, while 911,152 visitors were Turkish citizens who reside abroad. The second quarter revenue figures for the months of April, May and June, showed a 3.8 percent increase year-on-year, totaling out at 5,576,155,275 dollars, with 82.1 percent from foreign visitors and 17.9 percent
PACKAGE TOUR SPENDING ON THE RISE
According to statistics, 4,303,772,880 dollars in revenue was acquired from individual trips, while 1,272,382,395 dollars was brought in by package tours. During the second quarter of 2012, the per capita spending of foreign visitors was 598 dollars on average, while Turkish nationals who live abroad spent 1,095 dollars on average.
TOURISM EXPENDITURES DROP BY 15 PERCENT
Expenditures based on Turkish residents going abroad as tourists, decreased by 15 percent year-on-year, reaching 1,126,908,259 dollars. Out of this figure, 1,083,287,299 dollars were from individual trips, while 43,620,960 dollars consisted of package tours. Out of the 1,687,811 citizens that travelled abroad, on average per capita spending was 668 dollars.
RECORD INCREASE IN SAUDI TOURISTS
Hüseyin Es, Cultural and Promotions Advisor for the Riyadh Embassy in Saudi Arabia states that Turkey is a fast growing market for Saudi tourism and that this year alone, there was a 98 percent increase in the number of visitors to Turkey compared to last year.
The Turkish Riyadh Embassy's Cultural and Promotions Department held a Ramadan meal for representatives from the tourism industry in the Saudi capital. Following the event, Hüseyin Es expressed that Turkey is capable of providing for all of Saudi tourists needs and stated, "There is still a lot of work needed to be done in order to reach the position Turkey deserves in the Saudi Arabian market, which sends out approximately eight million tourists abroad annually." Es explains that one of the efforts made was to translate into Arabic brochures on the sixth district, introducing our nation's cultural and tourism assets, which they will be printing soon.
The meal was attended by well-known Saudi tour operators, travel agencies, representatives from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Culture, representatives from the Tourism and Antiquities Supreme Board, members of the press, representatives from Saudi Airlines and Nas Air, consular officials as well as officials from Turkish Airlines' Riyadh operations. During the meal a cinevision presentation promoting Turkey was shown to the guests.
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