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Turkey’s Tourism income jumps, more Turkish travel abroad

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

Turkey’s tourism income has shown strong recovery in the second quarter of the year. In the second quarter, from April through June, tourism income increased by 8.7% and reached to US$5 billion 413 million 48 thousand. While 81.3% of this income (excluding GSM roaming and marina service expenditures) was obtained from foreign visitors, 18.7% was obtained from citizens residing abroad.

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According to the Turkish Tourism Statistics report by the Turkish Statistic Institute (TUIK), in the second quarter of the year, average expenditure of the foreigners was US$570 per capita, average expenditure of the Turkish citizens residing abroad was US$845 per capita.

Visitors organize their travel individually or with package tour. While individual expenditures constituted US$4 billion 442 million 643 thousand of the total tourism income, US$ 970 million 405 thousand of tourism income was obtained by package tour expenditures.

In this quarter number of departing visitors increased by 18.3% compared to same quarter of previous year and reached to 8 million 863 thousand 391 persons. While 86.6% of visitors was foreign with 7 million 675 thousand 32 persons, 13.4% of them was Turkish citizens resident abroad with 1 million 188 thousand 359 persons.

Tourism expenditure which is the expenditure of the Turkish citizens resident in Turkey and visited abroad, decreased by 8.2% compared to same quarter of previous year and declined to $ 1 billion 386 million 362 thousand. While $ 1 billion 125 million 951 thousand of total expenditures was individual expenditures, $ 260 million 411 thousand of tourism expenditures was package tour expenditures.

Number of Turkish citizens visited abroad increased by 12.7%

In this quarter number of Turkish citizens visited abroad increased by 12.7% compared to same quarter of previous year and reached to 2 million 294 thousand 588. Average expenditure was $ 604 per capita.

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Figures in table may not add up to totals due to rounding.

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