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Türkiye Surpasses Pre-Pandemic Levels in January

Foreign tourist arrivals in Türkiye surpassed pre-pandemic levels in January 2023, topping 2 million.

Türkiye’s Culture and Tourism Ministry announced that Türkiye had welcomed 1.28 million foreign tourists in January last year, and nearly 510,000 in January 2021, when the world tourism sector ground to a near halt amid widespread travel restrictions as well as airports and national border closures.

The pre-pandemic tourist arrivals in January 2020 were 1.18 million.

Russians made up the largest chunk of foreign visitors to Türkiye last month, with over 279,818 arrivals, double compared to a year ago. According to an international flight analysis, Turkish tourism largely benefitted from the Russia – Ukraine war.

They were followed by Bulgarians with 167,138 visitors (up 52% year-on-year), Germans with 139,955 (up 36.4%), and Georgians with 114,508 (up 190.4%).

Istanbul, Turkiye’s largest city by population and a top tourist hub, welcomed 59.3% of all foreign visitors, or 1.19 million.

Edirne province on Türkiye’s northwestern border with both Bulgaria and Greece, took second place with a 12.1% share, or 242,615 visitors. Resort city Antalya followed with 9.1%, or more than 183,338 tourists.

Number of Foreign Travelers by Months & Years
 YEARSCHANGE in %
Months2021202220232022/20212023/2022
January 509 7871 281 6662 005 967151.4156.51
February 537 9761 541 393 186.52 
March 905 3232 079 565 129.70 
April 790 6872 574 423 225.59 
May 936 2823 873 212 313.68 
June2 047 5965 014 821 144.91 
July4 360 9526 664 970 52.83 
August3 982 1686 304 770 58.33 
September3 513 4535 475 453 55.84 
October3 471 5404 803 198 38.36 
November1 763 9822 551 483 44.64 
December1 892 5202 399 441 26.79 

 

TOTAL

24 712 26644 564 395 80.33 
1 MONTH TOTAL 509 7871 281 6662 005 967151.4156.51
(*): Provisional data

Sources: AA, Turkish Culture & Tourism Ministry

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