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Turkey's Tourist Arrivals Dropped 99pct in May 2020

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Turkey's Culture and Tourism Ministry announced tourist arrival figures for May 2020. Due to the pandemic, the number of foreigners visiting the country dropped by a record - 99.26 percent in May when compared to the same month last year.

Only 29 thousand foreign travelers visited Turkey in May 2020 and 4.2 million in the first five months of the year.

  YEARS CHANCE IN %
MONTHS 2018 2019 2020* 2019/2018 2020/2019
January 1 461 570 1 539 496 1 787 435 5.33 16.11
February 1 527 070 1 670 238 1 733 112 9.38 3.76
March 2 139 766 2 232 358  718 097 4.33 -67.83
April 2 655 561 3 293 176  24 238 24.01 -99.26
May 3 678 440 4 022 254  29 829 9.35 -99.26
June 4 505 594 5 318 984   18.05  
July 5 671 801 6 617 380   16.67  
August 5 383 332 6 307 508   17.17  
September 4 792 818 5 426 818   13.23  
October 3 755 467 4 291 574   14.28  
November 1 966 277 2 190 622   11.41  
December 1 950 705 2 147 878   10.11  
TOTAL 39 488 401 45 058 286   14.11  
           
5 Months Total 11 462 407 12 757 522 4 292 711 11.30 -66.35
(*): Provisional data

 

Istanbul was the top destination for tourists, hosting 54.86% of all visitors- around 2.3 million. The northwestern city of Edirne came in second place with 13.27% or nearly 570,000 foreign visitors in the same period. And the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya received the third-highest number of foreigners, with about 432,000 during the first five months.

Border gates with the highest number of foreign visitors entering Turkey are:

Edirne - 59.05 percent (17615 travelers)
Artvin - 13.94 percent (4157)
Kilis - 7.57 percent (2258)
Samsun - 5.95 percent (1775)
İstanbul - 2.84 percent (847)

Number of Travelers Visiting Turkey in May
             
Countries 2020* 2020 Country % 2019 2019 Country % 2018 2018 Country %
Bulgaria  6 785 22.75  243 933 6.06  197 324 5.36
Georgia  3 061 10.26  185 118 4.60  203 232 5.52
Ukraine  2 291 7.68  202 069 5.02  194 705 5.29
Romania  1 985 6.65  57 018 1.42  45 882 1.25
Serbia  1 912 6.41  17 310 0.43  13 486 0.37
Other  13 795 46.25 3 316 806 82.46 3 023 811 82.20
TOTAL  29 829 100.00 4 022 254 100.00 3 678 440 100.00
(*): Provisional Data

 

Number of Travelers Visiting Turkey in January - May Period
             
Countries 2020* 2020 Country % 2019 2019 Country % 2018 2018 Country %
Bulgaria  406 245 9.46  982 717 7.70  776 968 6.78
Germany  357 092 8.32 1 213 857 9.51 1 108 552 9.67
Georgia  332 731 7.75  697 065 5.46  854 460 7.45
Russian Fed.  318 052 7.41 1 673 652 13.12 1 388 456 12.11
Iran  220 178 5.13  700 711 5.49  980 103 8.55
Other 2 658 413 61.93 7 489 520 58.71 6 353 868 55.43
TOTAL 4 292 711 100.00 12 757 522 100.00 11 462 407 100.00
(*): Provisional Data

 

 

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