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Brits continue to flock to Turkey

09 Nov

Turkey’s tourism sector continues to escape the global economic downturn, rising one place in the UN World Tourism Organisation’s ranking of top ten most frequented countries by tourist arrivals, making it the 6th most visited country in the world.

In addition Turkey continues to go from strength to strength as one of the most popular and affordable holiday destinations for the UK. Last year alone Turkey welcomed some 2.6 million British visitors and the UK remains the 3rd most significant incoming market for Turkey.

As of September 2012, the number of arrivals from the UK has already surpassed the two million mark.

Recently, The Post Office Travel Money’s 2012 holiday Costs Barometer revealed that falling prices in Turkey have meant that prices are now on par with 2008.

Speaking at a WTM press briefing, under-secretary for the Turkish ministry of culture and tourism, Ozgur Ozaslan, said: “Turkish tourism has registered remarkable and consistent growth over the past two decades.

“In 1980, Turkey received 1.2 million visitors, a figure which has increased more than 26-fold over the past 32 years, reaching 31.4 million visitors in 2011.

“International tourism receipts increased a spectacular 60-fold, placing Turkey ninth position in the world for international tourism receipts according to the UNWTO.

“Latest figures indicate that Turkey’s growth trajectory will continue on its upward trend which is even more remarkable given the global downturn; as of September 2012, the incoming travel volume had already surpassed 25.7 million, exceeding the number of arrivals during the same period in 2011.

“Our target for 2023, exactly 100 years since the founding of the Turkish Republic, will be to achieve at least 50 million visitors annually and become fifth in the world for international arrivals.”

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