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Turkey expects to receive 19 million tourists in the first half of the year

ANTALYA

As of the end of June, the number of foreign tourists visiting Turkey will reach 19 million, Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy said.

“The data for the first six months of this year and the caveats are very encouraging. Our growth target for 2022 is at least 40 percent,” Ersoy said at a meeting in the southern province of Antalya, Serik district, recalling that the arrival of foreign tourists in the country has increased by 90 percent.

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The Minister noted that targeted campaigns to promote Türkiye have been launched in 200 countries of the world, and advertising contracts have been concluded with about 170 tour operators from 43 countries.

As part of this effort, some 3,000 people have been placed in the country, including journalists, tour operator officials and influencers, Ersoy said.

“As of the end of June, we will probably receive 19 million foreign tourists,” the minister said.

He noted that the number of foreign tourists arriving in Turkey increased by 90 percent last year compared to 2020 thanks to the Safe Tourism Certificate program.

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According to Ersoy, the hygiene standards set in the tourist sites certification program are now permanent.

Earlier, the minister said that Turkey intends to host 42 million tourists and generate $35 billion in tourism revenue in 2022.

About 24.7 million foreign tourists visited the country last year, up from 12.7 million in 2020. In 2019, more than 45 million foreign tourists rested in Turkey.

The country’s tourism revenue grew by more than 100 percent in 2021 compared to 2020 to $24.5 billion.

The latest data from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism showed that about 7.5 million foreign tourists visited Turkey in January-April this year, which is almost 172 percent more than in the same period last year.

In April alone, the number of foreign tourists rose 226 percent year on year to 2.6 million.

At the start of the year, hoteliers hoped more tourists would visit Turkey this year as many countries eased COVID-19-related travel restrictions that hampered global tourism activity. But Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has raised concerns, as Turkey is the main holiday destination for Russians and Ukrainians.

“Russian tourist arrivals are virtually unchanged from 2019, but the number of Ukrainian tourists has fallen by more than 95 percent,” Omer Faruk Dengiz, chairman of the Bodrum Hoteliers Association (BODER), said last week when assessing tourism activity in the resort town. in the southwestern province of Mugla.

He noted that the number of tourists arriving from the UK has increased by 19.3 percent since May 2021, while the number of Irish tourists has increased by 105 percent.

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The world’s leading hotel and restaurant chains are eyeing investment opportunities in Bodrum, said Ahmet Aras, mayor of the popular holiday destination.

“Companies that service superyachts are also looking to invest in Bodrum,” he added.

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