Invest News DetailToday’s Zaman - Having expanded its influence in the global tourism industry in the past few years, Turkey is expected to increase its tourism revenues to USD 25 billion, climbing to eighth spot, up one from the previously held ninth place on the list of countries with the highest tourism revenue, Ahmet Barut, chairman of the Turkish Hoteliers Federation (TÜROFED), has said. Barut said they expect the increase in the number of tourists coming to Turkey this year to be around 10 percent, compared to 2010. “The number of visitors to Turkey is expected to exceed 31 million this year. We also expect an increase in tourism revenues,” he explained. According to Barut, Turkey will see a 15 percent increase in its tourism revenues this year, equal to USD 25 billion, compared to the USD 22 billion generated in 2010. Turkey currently ranks seventh in the world in terms of the highest number of tourists. “We are aiming to become one of the five countries with the highest revenue from tourism in the next 10 years. This means we will double the current tourist figures in 10 years, which is possible provided we maintain the current speed of growth,” he noted.