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9.6 percent growth in Foreign Tourist Arrivals to Istanbul in May

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

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Despite decline in tourist arrivals to Turkey’s popular summer destination of Antalya, the country’s biggest and most populous city of Istanbul continues the upward trend in tourist arrivals. Recently named as the world’s most popular 5th destination at MasterCardGlobal Destinations Cities Index (read here), Istanbul welcomed more than 4.5 million foreign tourists in the first 5 months of 2015.

Istanbul Culture and Tourism Directorate announced 9.4 percent increase in the number of tourists visiting the city in May 2015 compare to May 2014. Total arrivals from January to May increased by 6.9 percent.

  ISTANBUL Change in % compare to 2014
( Monthly )
Change in % compare to 2014
( Cumulative )
  2014 2015
January 635.283 691.496 8,8 8,8
February 696.054 732.202 5,2 6,9
March 866.985 944.931 9,0 7,7
April 1.014.662 1.037.506 2,3 6,0
May 1.079.598 1.182.906 9,6 6,9
Total 4.292.5852 4.589.041    
  Top 50 nationals visiting Istanbul in January – May 2015
1 Germany 471.733
2 Iran 252.941
3 Russian Fed. 208.660
4 USA 186.941
5 UK 183.938
6 France 174.826
7 Saudi Arabia 136.691
8 Italy 133.945
9 The Netherlands 117.962
10 IRaq 110.226
11 Ukraine 108.326
12 Libya 103.395
13 Syria 97.894
14 S. Korea 96.144
15 China 98.621
16 Azerbaijan 90.266
17 Sweden 76.898
18 Spain 74.108
19 Austria 62.171
20 Kazakhstan 61.492
21 Kuwait 61.144
22 Turkmenistan 59.544
23 Algeria 58.898
24 Switzerland 58.855
25 Greece 54.786
26 Belgium 53.655
27 Uzbekhstan 52.119
28 Australia 51.064
29 Lebanon 48.422
30 Romania 44.567
31 India 43.226
32 TRNC 42.848
33 Canada 42.500
34 Denmark 42.358
35 Tunisia 41.674
36 Japan 40.317
37 Egypt 37.953
38 Jordan 36.716
39 Morocco 36.637
40 Kyrgyzstan 34.274
41 Israel 33.793
42 Bulgaria 33.239
43 Malaysia 29.858
44 Georgia 27.443
45 Brazil 26.552
46 Poland 23.915
47 Indonesia 22.809
48 Norway 22.793
49 Argentina 22.238
50 Serbia 21.522
51 Hungary 20.442
52 Kosovo 19.990
53 Finland 19.969
54 UAE 19.532
55 Pakistan 18.714
56 Czech Rep. 17.130
57 Moldova 16.915
58 Bosnia & Herz. 16.777
59 Taiwan 15.903
60 Albania 15.649
61 The Phillippines 14.759
62 Qatar 13.937
63 Ireland 13.921
64 Portugal 13.741
65 S. Africa 13.673
66 Bahrain 12.841
67 Statelessness 12.489
68 Croatia 12.421
69 Tacikhstan 12.192
70 Belarus 11.275
71 Macedonia 11.168
72 Thailand 10.969
73 Slovenia 9.812
74 Nigeria 9.616
75 Lithuania 9.445
76 Yemen 9.218
77 Mexico 9.169
78 Slovakia 8.640
79 New Zealand 8.289
80 Singapore 7.851
81 Latvia 7.389
82 Colombia 6.948
83 HongKong 6.786
84 Chile 6.433
85 Amman 6.407
86 Afganistan 6.258
87 Estonia 5.909
88 Armenia 5.813
89 Montenegro 5.608
90 Bangladesh 4.602
91 Mongolia 4.588
92 Sudan 4.316
93 Palestine 4.095
94 Yugoslavia 2.731
95 Kenya 2.571
96 Malta 2.388
97 Congo 2.363
98 Camerun 2.294
99 Cyprus 2.143
100 Senegal 2.007
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