Foreigner visits to Turkey jump over 11 percent in January-May

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The number of foreign arrivals in Turkey surged 11.3% year-on-year in the first five months of this year, the Culture and Tourism Ministry said on Friday. Nearly 12.8 million foreigners visited the country this January-May, compared to 11.5 million in the same period last year. Istanbul, one of the country’s top tourist draws, recorded the greatest number of foreign arrivals, with 5.4 million. The Mediterran­ean resort city of Antalya came second, welcoming 3.1 million foreign visitors. Russians made up 13.1% of foreign visitors (or 1.8 million), followed by German citizens at 9.5% (1.2 million) and Bulgarians at 7.7% (more than 980,000). According to the Turkish Hotel Associatio­n (TUROB) data released on Friday, hotel occupancy rates across Turkey in May totaled 55.3%, down 7.2% from the same month last year. The average daily rate for rooms was €68.7 ($78.3) last month, up 4.9% year-onyear, said the associatio­n.

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