Turkish tourism minister forecasts over 30 million tourists by end of year
Minister of Culture and Tourism Ertuğrul Günay on Monday said Turkey would achieve its target of hosting 30 million tourists by the end of 2011, as he paid a courtesy visit to the Anatolia news agency’s chairman, Kemal Öztürk.
According to reports recently released by the ministry, the number of tourists visiting Turkey reached 17.63 million in the first seven months of 2011, an increase of 10.64 percent when compared to the same period of last year. The number of tourists visiting Turkey in July increased by 5.49 percent to reach 4.60 million compared to the same month of last year. Most of the tourists that came to Turkey in July were Germans, followed by Russians and the British.
Recent statistics covering the years 2002-2010 released by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism reveal the progress Turkish tourism has made over the last eight years. In terms of the number of tourists Turkey ranked 17th among the most visited tourist destinations in 2002. The numbers show that it clinched seventh place in 2009, according to the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The number of tourist who visited Turkey in 2002 was 13.2 million, whereas this number rose to 28.6 million in 2009, representing a 117 percent increase.
Günay also said the ministry is working on a new tourism income calculation method with the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat) and is planning to base the calculation on more scientific grounds.
Resource: Today’s Zaman