Today’s Zaman - Around 28.5 million tourists visited Turkey in the first nine months of the year, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism announced on Thursday.
Data showed that the number of tourists from January to September this year increased by 10.09 percent compared to the same period in the previous year. In addition, the number of tourists in September went up by 6.9 percent year-on-year to 4.27 million.
Among the countries sending visitors to Turkey, Germany was ranked number one with 3.9 million visitors while Russia followed with 3.8 million and the UK with 2.1 million. In the first nine months, Europeans and former Soviet Union countries made up 79 percent of total tourists. Out of 28.5 million tourists, 15 million were Europeans and 7 million were from former Soviet Union countries. These tourists mostly preferred to visit the provinces of Antalya, İstanbul, and Mugla in Turkey.