International tourist arrivals in Turkey 2000-2018

A record 39.5 million foreign visitors arrived in Turkey in 2018. Foreign arrivals in Turkey had been increasing each year up until 2016 when the region suffered a severe decline in tourism. For many years, Turkey was a major travel destination, especially for tourists from Russia, Germany and the United Kingdom. Despite the drop, tourism from Turkey’s main inbound markets continues to be strong.

Foreign tourism reporting in Turkey

Foreign visitor numbers are derived from registries kept by the Turkish Passport Police at the border gates and reported by Turkey’s Ministry of Tourism. Figures are for the number of foreign visitors arriving at Turkish borders for both overnight and same-day visits. They do not include citizens of Turkey that are resident abroad. Statistics including citizens resident abroad are reported under total inbound visitor arrivals.

Turkey recovers from a terrible year for tourism

Tourism in Turkey suffered a major blow in 2016. Foreign tourist numbers fell by 30 percent compared to the previous year, the lowest they had been since 2007. Several major terrorist attacks and an attempted coup in July 2016 had an immediate impact on the tourism industry. However, against the odds, the industry made a miraculous recovery, with tourists returning to Turkey in 2017 and numbers peaking at a record high in 2018.

Number of foreign visitors arriving in Turkey from 2000 to 2018*

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Source

Release date

May 2019

Region

Turkey

Survey time period

2000 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* The data does not include visits by citizens of Turkey residing abroad.
Figures have been rounded.

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