Turkey sees 24 percent rise in foreigner visits in April
The number of foreigners visiting Turkey surged 24 percent on a yearly basis in April, the Culture and Tourism Ministry revealed on May 31. Nearly 3.3 million foreign visitors entered the country last month, the ministry data showed. Istanbul remained the top tourist draw in the country, attracting 40 percent of all visitors - more than 1.3 million. The Mediterranean resort
city of Antalya followed with 28 percent or over 930,000 foreign visitors in April. The northwestern province of Edirne, which borders both Bulgaria and Greece, saw the third-highest number of foreigners with 373,527 last month. Russians accounted for nearly 12 percent or more than 390,000 of the visitors, followed by Germans with 11.4 percent (376,059 visitors), and Bulgarians with 7.8 percent (256,072). In the first four months of this year, the country welcomed 8.7 million foreign visitors, up 12.2 percent yearon-year, data showed.