Turkey’s annual tourism revenue up 6.2 percent

Yeni Safak - Turkey’s tourism revenue hit USD 34.4 billion in 2014, up 6.2 percent over the preceding year.

According to the Turkish Statistical Institute’s (TurkStat) recently released data, the country attracted some 41.4 million visitors during the last year, which spent an average of USD 828 per capita. The number of foreign visitors also registered an increase of 5.6 percent over a year earlier.

Out of the total expenditure by visitors, individual expenses constituted around USD 26.2 billion while around USD 8.3 billion came from tour companies. 86.6 percent of Turkey’s tourism revenue is left over by foreign nationals, while the rest consists of expenditures made by Turkish citizens living abroad.

Turkey is the 6th most popular holiday destination in the world with more than 35 million foreign visitors, according to 2013 data from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).

Travel web site TripAdvisor picked Turkey’s Istanbul as the top travel destination in 2014.

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