3.5mn foreign tourists visited Turkey in Oct

by IANS |

Ankara, Nov 23 (IANS) Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, Turkey in October received 3.5 million foreign tourists, which is almost double the number of the corresponding time last year, raising hopes for the upcoming travel season.

The Mediterranean resort city of Antalya and the country's financial and cultural hub Istanbul were the top destinations in October, hosting 1.6 million and 1.2 million tourists respectively, Xinhua news agency quoted the Culture and Tourism Ministry as saying on Monday.

With its long beaches and luxurious tourism facilities, Antalya is known for its sea-sand-sun tourism.

Meanwhile, Istanbul fascinates foreign travellers for its Byzantine and Ottoman-era landmarks, like bazaars, mansions, and palaces, and hosts the Bosphorus Strait, which divides the European and Asian continents.

The number of foreign travellers visiting the country in the first ten months of this year surged to 21 million, with a 88 per cent increase from the same period last year, the data revealed.

Turkey received a total of 11.2 million tourists in 2020 when the Covid-19 related measures, such as lockdowns and closure of restaurants, were implemented.

The expectation for attracting foreign travellers in 2022 would be much higher than this year, and the country's tourism agencies launched an early booking campaign "at attractive and affordable prices" for the upcoming season, which will start in May 2022, the tourism representatives said.

After receiving 45 million tourists in 2019 and generating a total of $34.5 billion in revenue, Turkey suffered losses of over 65 per cent in 2020 due to the pandemic.

Latest News
Obesity, Diabetes and allergies check with White Onions Sun, Dec 05, 2021, 05:31 PM
Andhra Pradesh has to face 3 more days of Heavy Rainfall - MET Sun, Dec 05, 2021, 05:18 PM
Tragic Road accident in Chittoor district .. Six killed Sun, Dec 05, 2021, 04:31 PM
Jio Offers 20% cash back on recharge on these plans... Sun, Dec 05, 2021, 04:17 PM
Want to Recover Deleted Photos ? Download any of these apps from Google Play Store Sun, Dec 05, 2021, 04:04 PM
Instagram new feature to make Comments made by people you do not like to be invisible to others Sun, Dec 05, 2021, 03:05 PM
Flipkart Offers 40-inch KODAK 7X Pro worth Rs.20,999 just @ Rs.5,999 Sun, Dec 05, 2021, 02:45 PM
Is Your Laptop Slowing Down ? Increase your Laptop Performance by following these tips Sun, Dec 05, 2021, 02:01 PM
AIFF bars Chennai City from I-League 2021-22, Kenkre FC named as replacement Sat, Dec 04, 2021, 10:30 PM
IND vs NZ, 2nd Test: I tried to bowl to the stumps and be consistent, says Siraj Sat, Dec 04, 2021, 10:28 PM
Uncertain Shakib picked in Bangladesh squad for New Zealand Tests Sat, Dec 04, 2021, 10:27 PM
Very illustrious group to be a part of, special that it came in Mumbai, says Ajaz on historic 10-wicket haul Sat, Dec 04, 2021, 10:25 PM
I know from now on the expectations will only go up: Kumble to Ajaz Sat, Dec 04, 2021, 10:24 PM
'Perfect 10': Ajaz Patel enters history books alongside Laker, Kumble Sat, Dec 04, 2021, 10:22 PM
Pune Open Golf: Chadha cruises to six-shot win, rookie Kartik posts career-best 2nd place Sat, Dec 04, 2021, 10:21 PM