The upward trend in Istanbul's travel and tourism industry continues this year. Istanbul got off to a strong start for 2015 that number of arrivals to the city continues to increase compare to previous year. Istanbul Culture and Tourism Directorate announced 8.8 percent increase in the number of tourists visiting the city in January 2015 compare to January 2014.
According to the statistics, a total of 591.496 tourists visited Istanbul in January 2015. Last year this month a total of 635.283 tourists arrived; an increase of 8.8 percent.
According to the entry of tourists, there is an increase of 8.5 percent using airports and 56 percent increase in arrivals using cruise ports.
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The growth in tourist arrivals from Istanbul’s main source markets is very promising for the city’s tourism industry as well as for the Turkish travel and tourism industry. There are only two sharp declines in arrivals; one from Russia and other from Libya.
There is an almost 18 percent drop in tourist arrivals from Russia which is a clear result of the Russian ruble's historic collapse. There is also 26 percent drop in arrivals from Libya that may be a result of political instability in the country as well as relations with Turkey.