Turkey sees sharp rise in foreign tourist arrivals in April

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Number of foreign tourists to Turkey sharply increased by 18 percent in April, after months of a recession caused by terror attacks and a failed coup attempt.

According to data released by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism on Monday, a total of 2.07 million foreign tourists visited Turkey in April, an 18.1 percent year-on-year increase.

In April, Germany and Russia were still the main visitors’ source countries, while Georgia, Bulgaria and Iran developed into important emerging markets of Turkish tourism.

Over 262,000 Germans visited Turkey in April, rendering Germany the country’s largest market with around 13 percent of total visitors.

Russian tourists’ numbers substantially grew in April with a 485 percent year-on-year increase, reaching over 181,000 visitors in total.

In 2017’s first four months, numbers of foreign arrivals to Turkey stood at 5.8 million, an approximately 1 percent increase compared to the same period in 2016.

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