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Turkey’s Tourist Arrivals Dropped 99pct in May 2020

Turkey’s Culture and Tourism Ministry announced tourist arrival figures for May 2020. Due to the pandemic, the number of foreigners visiting the country dropped by a record – 99.26 percent in May when compared to the same month last year.

Only 29 thousand foreign travelers visited Turkey in May 2020 and 4.2 million in the first five months of the year.

 YEARSCHANCE IN %
MONTHS201820192020*2019/20182020/2019
January1 461 5701 539 4961 787 4355.3316.11
February1 527 0701 670 2381 733 1129.383.76
March2 139 7662 232 358 718 0974.33-67.83
April2 655 5613 293 176 24 23824.01-99.26
May3 678 4404 022 254 29 8299.35-99.26
June4 505 5945 318 984 18.05 
July5 671 8016 617 380 16.67 
August5 383 3326 307 508 17.17 
September4 792 8185 426 818 13.23 
October3 755 4674 291 574 14.28 
November1 966 2772 190 622 11.41 
December1 950 7052 147 878 10.11 
TOTAL39 488 40145 058 286 14.11 
      
5 Months Total11 462 40712 757 5224 292 71111.30-66.35
(*): Provisional data

 

Istanbul was the top destination for tourists, hosting 54.86% of all visitors- around 2.3 million. The northwestern city of Edirne came in second place with 13.27% or nearly 570,000 foreign visitors in the same period. And the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya received the third-highest number of foreigners, with about 432,000 during the first five months.

Border gates with the highest number of foreign visitors entering Turkey are:

Edirne – 59.05 percent (17615 travelers)
Artvin – 13.94 percent (4157)
Kilis – 7.57 percent (2258)
Samsun – 5.95 percent (1775)
İstanbul – 2.84 percent (847)

Number of Travelers Visiting Turkey in May
       
Countries2020*2020 Country %20192019 Country %20182018 Country %
Bulgaria 6 78522.75 243 9336.06 197 3245.36
Georgia 3 06110.26 185 1184.60 203 2325.52
Ukraine 2 2917.68 202 0695.02 194 7055.29
Romania 1 9856.65 57 0181.42 45 8821.25
Serbia 1 9126.41 17 3100.43 13 4860.37
Other 13 79546.253 316 80682.463 023 81182.20
TOTAL 29 829100.004 022 254100.003 678 440100.00
(*): Provisional Data

 

Number of Travelers Visiting Turkey in January – May Period
       
Countries2020*2020 Country %20192019 Country %20182018 Country %
Bulgaria 406 2459.46 982 7177.70 776 9686.78
Germany 357 0928.321 213 8579.511 108 5529.67
Georgia 332 7317.75 697 0655.46 854 4607.45
Russian Fed. 318 0527.411 673 65213.121 388 45612.11
Iran 220 1785.13 700 7115.49 980 1038.55
Other2 658 41361.937 489 52058.716 353 86855.43
TOTAL4 292 711100.0012 757 522100.0011 462 407100.00
(*): Provisional Data

 

 

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