Turkish tourism growth slows in October
A recent increase in the number of foreign visitors travelling to Turkey slowed in October, according to data provided by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Visitors totalled 2.99 million, rising 22 percent from a year earlier. The expansion was less than half average growth of 45 percent over the June to September period, the data showed.
Visitors to Turkey slumped an average 30 percent in 2016, including 26 percent in October of that year due to a diplomatic crisis with Russia and bomb attacks in the country’s largest cities.
Russia, Germany, Iran, Georgia and Britain sent the most tourists in October. Visitors from Russia almost doubled to 442,970, while tourists from Iran increased 63 percent to 222,356 and those from Georgia 19 percent.
Visitors from Germany declined 28 percent to 412,855, the data showed. Most other major European countries, including Britain, France and Holland, showed an increase.