More than 44 million foreign tourists visited Turkey in 2023

By TravelWiseDec 2, 2023 22:20 PMNews
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Turkey receives more and more tourists. Source: Freepik

Foreign tourist arrivals to Turkey increased by 11.6 percent between January and October compared to last year to 44.2 million.

Including Turkish citizens living abroad, the total number of visitors reached 50.2 million in the first 10 months of 2023, the Ministry of Culture and Tourism reported, Daily News says.

Russians made up the largest group of foreign vacationers. From January to October, 5.8 million Russians visited Turkey, accounting for 13.2 percent of all foreign tourist arrivals. During the same period in 2022, 4.6 million Russians vacationed in the country.

More than 44 million foreign tourists visited Turkey in 2023
Istambul. Source: Freepik

Germans took second place with 5.7 million. The number of German tourists in Turkey increased by 8 percent from January to October last year.

Some 3.6 million Britons visited the country in the first 10 months, up from 3.2 million a year ago.

Turkey also received nearly 2.1 million Iranian tourists, up 3 percent from the same period in 2022.

The ministry's data showed that 2.4 million Bulgarian citizens visited Turkey. Bulgarians mainly travel to provinces near the border, such as Edirne, for shopping purposes.

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