(ANSAmed) – ROME, AUGUST 25 – Turkey continues to experience
a recovery in its tourism sector, with foreign visitors in July
totaling just over five million, a 46.3% increase on the same
month last year, according to figures released Friday by the
Turkish Tourism Ministry.
The growth trend has been in progress since April, following
on a year when the country lost more than 10 million tourists
due to the attempted coup as well as fears over terrorist
The record numbers of tourists from years past are still far
off, however; there were 3 million fewer foreign tourists in the
first seven months of 2017 than there were in 2015.
The highest number of foreign tourists is in Antalya (1.8
million), a Mediterranean destination especially favored by the
Russians; followed by Istanbul (1.3 million).
Now that the crisis with Moscow over the downed jet at the
Syrian border has subsided, Russians are leading tourism to
Turkey, making up 14.6% of all foreign tourists.
In second place are the Germans, from whom tourism is down
overall, however, with an 11% decrease that’s expected to drop
further if tensions between Ankara and Berlin continue.
Italian tourism to Turkey is also down, with a 17% drop in
2017 on the already decreased 2016 numbers, with just over
100,000 Italians having visited the country so far this