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Istanbul’s tourist arrivals down in February 2017

hagia sophia insideTourist arrivals in Istanbul continue to drop in 2017. The Istanbul Culture and Tourism Directorate announced travel statistics for February 2017. The number of foreign tourists visiting Istanbul in February dropped 12.5% compare to Feb.’16 to 590 thousand travelers. 674 thousand traveled to Istanbul in February 2016. The drop in tourist arrivals to Istanbul in January 2017 was 19.2%.

The number of foreign tourists visiting Istanbul decreased 15.9 percent between January and February this year. In the first two months of 2016, a total of 1 million 366 tourists have visited Istanbul, while in 2017 the number dropped to 1 million 149 thousand tourists.

In the first two months of 2017, German tourists are the number 1 source market for Istanbul tourism. 100,285 German citizens traveled to Istanbul. Iranian (86,914), Iraqis (47,084), Russians (45,759), British (42,490) made the top 5. Other nations are: Ukraine 3.6%, Saudi Arabia: 3.4%, France: 3.4%, The Netherlands: 2.8%, USA: 2.6%, Kuwait: 2.4%, Azerbaijan: 2.3%, Turkmenistan: 2.2%, China: 2.1%, Italian: 1.8%, other nations: %45,5

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