Turkey's tourism industry surge 9.6 percent in Jan 2008

Today’s Zaman - Turkey’s tourism industry continued its upward trend after completing a solid tourism year in 2007, recording a 9.6 percent surge in the first month of 2008. According to “Arriving and Departing Visitors” figures released by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, 1.4 million people passed through Turkey’s border gates in January, up from 1.37 million in January 2007; 782,786 were arriving foreigners and the remaining 631,578 were returning Turkish citizens. The largest number of visitors came from Germany as usual with a total of 134,508 people traveling to Turkey. Bulgaria was a surprising second, surpassing the number of Russian tourists. Istanbul was the favorite destination once more, with 45.6 percent of visitors to the country landing in this metropolis.