The Turkish tourism and industry leaders expect 40 million foreign tourists’ arrival in the country.
This expectation seems a record high along with $30 billion revenue only from travel and tourism industry in 2018.
the Turkish Statistical Institute, Turkey hosted 36.8 million foreigners in 2014 and 36.3 million in 2015, the figure decreased sharply to 25.3 million in 2016 but rose again to 32.4 million last year.
Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TURSAB) President Firuz Baglikaya told that the country will see 40 million foreign visitors its income will climb over $30 billion by the end of 2018.
Firuz Baglikaya also said that the number of foreign visitors, which increased by 34.91 percent, year-on-year, in the first two months. It indicates the target of 40 million tourists would be achieved this year.
Previously, Turkey welcomed 3 million foreign visitors in the first two months during its winter period.
The reservation demand for 2018 summer period was also positive.
Turkey also expects the increase of the number of visitors from UK and Netherland in2018.
The Culture and Tourism Minister Numan Kurtulmus had said Turkey’s 2023 targets for tourism sector are 50 million tourists and $50 billion income.
BY Latifa Zenaina