Turkey tourism income rises, still off 2015 levels

Turkish tourism revenues surged 28 percent in the fourth quarter from a year ago to $6.1 billion, rebounding from a sharp fall.

The number of foreign visitors increased 23 percent to 8.25 million, the state statistics office said on Wednesday.

The increase in revenue brought tourism income for last year to $26.3 billion, an increase of 19 percent, and total visitors to 32.4 million, a rise of 28 percent. Tourism had slumped in 2016 after Turkey downed a Russian military jet on the Syrian border and bomb attacks shook major cities.

Total tourism income last year was still 23 percent down on 2015, when it totalled $34.3 billion.

The highest number of tourists came from Russia, Germany and Iran, the statistics office said.


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