TODAY’S ZAMAN – Foreign visitors to Turkey up 1.19 percent in November, ministry says

Foreign visitors to Turkey up 119 percent in November, ministry saysThe number of foreign visitors to Turkey rose 119 percent year-on-year in November to 173 million people, data released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Tuesday has shown. Foreign visitors in the first 11 months of the year totaled 35.

26 million, up 54 percent compared to the same period last year, it said.The most frequently used entry points for foreign visitors to Turkey in November were the Istanbul airports, with 845,102 visitors, followed by the airport in Antalya, with 260,873 visitors.

The border crossings at the Bulgarian border in Edirne saw 189, 818 visitors, the far northeastern province of Artvin, which borders Georgia, had 134,880 visitors while the western province of Izmir recorded 43,668 for the same period.Tourists from Germany took the lead in the number of foreign visitors, according to the report, followed by Georgia, Bulgaria, Russia and Greece, respectively.

The same data also showed that 80,787 visitors in November, or 467 percent of all foreign tourists, were day-trippers.Though the number of tourists visiting Turkey increased in total in November, the number of Russian tourist showed a decline in the same period, implying the depreciating ruble against the US dollar seems to have a negative effect on the tourism industry in Turkey as well.

The number of Russian visitors to Turkey declined by 18.45 percent year-on-year in November to 63,000.

Representatives from different sectors told Todayand#39s Zaman last week that Russian demand for products imported from Turkey has been decreasing since the bargaining power of Russians was impacted by the weaker currency.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman