Visiting Russians nudge up Turkey tourism figures
The number of foreign arrivals into Turkey surged by 16.3 percent to 2.89 million in May, after a tough year in which the country’s tourism sector was hit badly due to a series of bomb attacks, a diplomatic crisis with Russia and a failed coup attempt. In the first five months of the year, a total of 8.8 million foreigners visited Turkey, a 5.5 percent increase compared to the same period of 2016. In May, Russia became the top tourist market for Turkey, with a 21 percent share in total arrivals. The number of Russian tourists visiting Turkey rose by 1.384 percent in May compared to the same month last year, pushing up total foreign arrivals to the country, official data showed on June 29. Arrivals from Europe, however, continued to decline in May, as around 1.1 million Europeans visited Turkey in May, marking a yearon-year decrease of around 20 percent, the ministry data showed.