Some 27 million foreigners visit Turkey in Jan-Aug
The number of fore gn v s tors n the e ghtmonth per od from January to August th s year recorded an annual h ke of 22.9 percent, up from 21.9 m ll on n the same per od last year, the M n stry of Culture and Tour sm announced on September 28. Istanbul - one of the most popular tour st dest nat ons n Turkey - saw the h ghest number of fore gn v s tors w th 8.87 m ll on. The Med terranean resort c ty of Antalya ranked second among w th 8.75 m ll on v s tors. Russ ans were the top v s tors at 4.18 m ll on, account ng for 15.5 percent of all tour sts. Germans (2.97 m ll on), Br tons (1.57 m ll on), Iran ans (1.51 m ll on) and Georg ans (1.44 m ll on v s tors) rounded off the top f ve. Fl ghts were the preferred means of transportat on, ferry ng 20.7 m ll on fore gn v s tors wh le nearly 5.7 m ll on and some 650,000 v s tors used road/ra l and sea, respect vely. Last year, 32.4 m ll on fore gners v s ted Turkey 2016 saw 25.3 m ll on.