The number of foreign tourists to Turkey increased by 0.6 percent reaching 30.4 million people in the first 11 months of 2012 compared to the same period of the last year. According to the data released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism most of tourists (4,8 million) came from Germany. Russia and Britain followed Germany.
In 2011 as a whole, tourist arrivals had increased 9.86 percent to 31.46 million, and revenue generated by tourism amounted to $23 billion, while this figure for the 11 months of this year was $17.3 billion.
Turkey has lost approximately $1.2 billion in tourism revenues in 2012 because of the conflict in neighboring Syria, Culture and Tourism Minister Ertuğrul Günay said on Tuesday. Relations between Ankara and Damascus have been in tatters since the outbreak of domestic violence in Syria early last year. Add the deterioration of relations with Iran and Israel, and Turkey has seen a decline in the number of visitors from the region.
“With the unrest, the number of tourists from the neighboring region has declined by a total of 2 million. … If we calculate the average spending during their stay in Turkey per tourist at $600, our losses hit $2 billion so far in 2012,” the Minister explained.
by Today’s Zaman