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Istanbul records 5.2 % increase in tourist arrivals in February 2015

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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The upward trend in Istanbul's travel and tourism industry continues in the first two months of 2015. Istanbul got off to a strong start for 2015 that achieved 8.8 percent increase in the number of tourists visiting the city in January 2015 compare to January 2014, continues the growth in February 2015. Istanbul Culture and Tourism Directorate announced 5.2 percent increase in the number of tourists visiting the city in February 2015 compare to February 2014.

  Istanbul Change in % compare to 2014 Change in % compare to 2014
  2014 2015 ( Monthly ) ( Cumulative )
Jan. 635.283 691.496 8,8 8,8
Feb. 696.054 732.202 5,2 6,9

According to the entry of tourists, there is an increase of 6.6 percent using airports and 77 percent increase in arrivals using cruise ports.

  January 2015 February 2015
Atatürk Airport 573.209 597.907
Sabiha Gökçen Airport 111.569 129.607
Haydarpaşa Port 347 376
Karaköy Port 463 505
Karaköy Transit 4.082 2.354
Pendik Port 777 645
Zeytinburnu port 1.049 808
Total 691.496 732.202

Germans accounted for 8.4% of all tourists visiting Istanbul in the first two months of 2015. Iranians follow with 6.3% and Russians 4.5%.

Top 50 nationals visiting Istanbul in January – February 2015

Germany 119.903
Iran 89.334
Russian Fed. 63.714
UK 53.654
France 53.300
USA 47.894
Italy 42.237
S.Korea 41.273
Ukraine 38.458
Libya 37.624
The Netherlands 37.351
Iraq 36.969
Saudi Arabia 36.496
Azerbaijan 35.238
Syria 31.976
China 27.333
Kuwait 26.089
Kazakhstan 22.480
Sweden 22.178
Spain 21.497
Turkmenistan 21.330
Japan 19.245
Uzbekistan 19.078
Austria 18.400
Greece 18.228
TRNC 16.990
Belgium 16.253
Romania 14.572
Switzerland 14.352
Algeria 13.615
Tunis 13.511
Lebanon 13.124
Egypt 13.068
Bulgaria 12.910
Morocco 12.630
Kirgizstan 12.123
Denmark 11.653
Canada 11.035
Georgia 10.783
India 10.416
Jordan 9.703
Israel 9.442
Malaysia 9.042
Indonesia 8.323
Brazil 8.313
Serbia 8.008
Poland 7.430
Bosnia&Herz. 7.134
Norway 6.990
Australia 6.682

For January 2015 statistics for Istanbul visit, http://ftnnews.com/news-from-turkey/26214-istanbul-makes-strong-start-to-2015-russians-stay-at-home.html

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