According to the Tourism Support Package Report of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies, the number of tourists in Turkey increased by 5.4 percent in January and February.
According to the Tourism Support Package Report of the Association of Turkish Travel Agencies, Turkey hosted 38.6 million tourists last year, and steps are currently being taken to recover the loss of visitors from the Commonwealth of Independent States, mainly Russia, and Iran due to economic troubles in these countries. These 13 countries mean an income of $8 to $9 million for Turkey and over 10 million tourists.
While the number of tourists visiting Turkey in January and February increased by 5.4 percent, the numbers of tourists from Commonwealth of Independent States decreased by 3.5 percent. The biggest loss – 26.5 percent – was suffered in the number of visitors from Russia, and the decline is expected to continue in March.
Further, the leading names in global tourism will visit Istanbul for the first World Tourism Forum (WTF) organized by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism. On April 30, the forum will host executives from leading global companies from Facebook to Expedia, along with 600 local and foreign experts. With participants from Europe, Russia, Turkic countries and Gulf countries, the future of global tourism will be discussed at the forum.