UK becomes third biggest market for Turkey

UK becomes third biggest market for Turkey

The UK has climbed to become Türkiye’s third largest inbound tourism market following a sharp rise in visitor numbers. 

Figures released by the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism at this week’s ABTA Convention show visitors from the UK, previously the country’s fourth largest inbound tourism market, have increased substantially year on year.  

From January to September 2023, there were 3.16 million UK visitor arrivals to Türkiye, a rise of 12% from the same period in 2022.  

Overall visitor arrivals to Türkiye from January to September 2023 totalled 45.23 million – an increase of 12% from the same period in 2022.  

Turkish tourism revenues for the nine-month period increased 20% year on year to US$42 billion.  

The top two inbound markets to the destination are Russia and Germany and the fourth is Bulgaria. 

Speaking to travel industry delegates at the opening ceremony of ABTA’s Travel Convention in Bodrum, Türkiye, the Minister of Culture and Tourism, Mr Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, said: “Türkiye and the UK have deep-rooted relations, and your country is also one of our leading tourism markets. The role of the collaborations we have established with you will continue in the future, and they undoubtedly carry significance in Türkiye’s success in tourism.”

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