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Istanbul tourism continues post-attacks recovery

  • Published by Ozgur Tore

merkel istanbulTourism in Istanbul is continuing its recovery from the effects of the 2015-16 terror attacks. The Istanbul Culture and Tourism Directorate announced city’s travel statistics for July 2017. Istanbul’s tourist arrivals boom compare to July 2016. The directorate said that total tourist arrivals to the city in July 2017 increased 43% compare to July 2016. Germany ranked No.1 source market for Istanbul.

The tourist arrivals continue to rise since April 2017. Istanbul welcomed 5,704,702 tourists in the first 7 months of 2017; an increase of 6.3% compare to same period last year.

In July 2017, a total of 1,319,549 tourists visited Istanbul; an increase of 42.7% compare to July 2016.

German tourists ranked top with 538,945 travelers, Iran followed with 427,018 travelers. Saudi Arabia ranked third with 294,401 travelers.

In the first 7 months of 2017, German tourists are the number 1 source market for Istanbul tourism. The top source markets and their percentages are as follows:

Germany: 9.4%, Iran: 7.5%, Saudi Arabia: 5.2%, Iraq: 4.7%, Russia: 4.4%, France: 3.5%, UK: 3.5%, Ukraine: 3.1%, USA: 2.9%, The Netherlands: 2.6%, Kuwait: 2.4%, Turkmenistan: 2.1%, Azerbaijan: 2.0%, China: 1.9%, Algeria: 1.8%, Other countries: 43.0%

Middle East Travel Market (Last 3 Years)

January - July   2015 2016 2017 2016-2017
change %
Saudi Arabia   245.824 223.807 299.798 34,0
Iraq   198.425 131.036 262.777 100,5
Kuwait   92.564 88.465 138.371 56,4
Algeria   79.686 87.611 102.194 16,6
Jordan   60.101 69.710 91.372 31,1
Lebanon   69.611 70.676 78.293 10,8
Tunis   55.826 56.513 57.638 2,0
Syria   161.526 58.167 53.686 -7,7
Egypt   52.017 53.079 51.926 -2,2
Morocco   49.455 44.064 49.403 12,1
Libya   155.898 38.576 46.332 20,1
Bahrain   15.834 21.696 32.946 51,9
UAE   28.463 20.490 24.485 19,5
Qatar   20.021 17.325 24.432 41,0
Yemen   12.509 10.778 14.329 32,9
Oman   10.427 7.530 12.388 64,5
Palestine   6.750 7.778 11.275 45,0
Sudan   6.261 5.665 5.880 3,8
    1.321.198 1.012.966 1.357.525 34,0
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