Turkish Culture and Tourism Ministry revealed that 31.78 million tourists visited Turkey in 2012. This number was 31.4 million in 2011 and 28.6 million in 2010.
The number of arrivals in 2012 placed Turkey sixth in the list of countries with the highest number of visitors last year.
UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Secretary-General Taleb Rifai estimated in Madrid on Wednesday that the number of tourists increased globally by 4 percent during 2011. UNWTO is set to reveal the official figures for global tourism performance for 2013 on Jan. 29.
Of the tourists visiting Turkey between January and December of last year, 6.34 percent arrived for an overnight trip. The majority of these people were passengers in transit on their way to their destination countries. December 2012 saw 12.34 percent more visitors over the same month in 2011 with 1.34 million travelers.On the list of countries supplying the highest number of visitors to Turkey last year, Germany led the list with 5.02 million, followed by Russia with 3.59 million and the UK with 2.45 million. Bulgaria and Georgia made it into the top five with 1.49 million and 1.4 million visitors, respectively.