Dünya - Turkey’s tourism revenue hit a new record level in the second quarter of the year. According to the Turkish Statistical Institute’s (TurkStat) recently released data, the tourism sector is gaining in size as an important source of foreign exchange for the country.
The income from the industry without a chimney [has reached almost USD 5.5 billion with a 17.8 percent increase over a year ago. Some 83 percent of Turkey’s tourism revenue is left over by foreign nationals, while the rest consists of expenditures made by Turkish citizens living abroad.
The majority of expenditures are made by visitors on individual tours, rather than those travel through holiday companies. Against approximately USD 4.3 billion spent on private visits, revenue from tour packages stood around USD 1.15 billion, TurkStat data show.