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Turkey’s foreign visitors’ number jumped by 14,5%

The first 9 months of this year, Turkey has witnessed a great season with an important flow of tourists. 36.4 million visited the country in the period of January- September.

The Mediterranean city Antalya has hosted the biggest number of tourists welcoming 12.5 million foreigners.

Istanbul came in the second place with 11.3 million visitors. Followed by Edirne, a city bordering both Greece and Bulgaria, with 3.4 million foreigners.

Tourism sector has brought to Turkey this year an important income. In fact, it recorded $ 14.03 billion between July and September.

 According to Turkstat’s data, 59% of visitors are interested in travel, entertainment, sport and culture preferring hotels and pensions as accommodation with 84.5 million overnight stays.

Although foreign visitors have the prime share in this records, Turkish citizens living abroad have contributed with 14.7%.