Turkey Tourism Statistics

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Turkey Tourism Statistics
Istanbul is the leading tourist destination in Turkey. (istanbul image by Bahattin ERKOL from Fotolia.com)

The Republic of Turkey is a Eurasian nation that has had a key role in shaping the history of the region since before the days of the Roman Empire. Turkey was the location of several Greek colonies, including the probable site of the legendary city of Troy. It was also the hub of the Hittite Empire and its capital Istanbul, previously known as Constantinople, which had served as capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. Today, Turkey is a key locale for tourism. Its history, ancient cities, and oceanfront resorts bring people in from all over the world.

Toursim Overview

In 2009, according to the official site for statistics regarding Turkish tourism, Turk Stat.gov, more than 32 million people enter the nation each year for short-term visits. The average per capita expenditure on goods by a tourist is currently £451; this figure does not include the transportation cost to get to Turkey, such as airline tickets. The total tourist revenue for the Republic of Turkey in 2009 was over £13.7 billion.


According to statistics from Turk Stat.gov, tourism income has increased by 4 per cent since December of 2009. At the same time, Turkey has increased tourism expenditures by 24.8 per cent since 2009, in an effort to increase the number of people visiting the nation. At this point, tourism revenue is still near six times the amount of money spent to boost tourism.

Top Cities

Istanbul is the nation's largest city and most frequently visited destination. The former capital of the Ottoman and Eastern Roman Empire, the city attracts millions. According to Tourism Turkey.org, there are 14 archaeological sites for public tourism, 14 urban locales deemed culturally important by the nation's government, including the famed Hagia Sophia, and 11 museums focusing on the city and nation's vast history. Ankara, the nation's current capital, is the second most visited city in Turkey and the second most populous. Of the resort cities and regions in Turkey, Antalya is the most popular.

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