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Posted by Tamer on September 3, 2019
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Tourism in Turkey

To know about tourism in Turkey, we recommend reading the article.

The 10th largest tourist base in the world received 38.6 million tourists in 2017. The tourism industry should offer great investment opportunities.

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Due to its convenient location, current potential, mega-projects and ambitious goals for 2023, the tourism sector continues to grow at a pace that exceeds capacity. Although there has been a significant increase in investment in recent years, there are still great opportunities for new ventures. In addition to cultural tourism, East and Southeast Anatolia have important potential that can be assessed in terms of the concept of a boutique hotel, which coincides with the characteristic features, history and culture of the regions.

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Here are some important facts and figures on the tourism sector in Turkey:

  • According to the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Turkey became the 10th most popular tourist destination in the world in 2016.
  • According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the number of foreign tourists arriving in Turkey in 2017 reached 38.6 million, and the total income received in the same year is $ 26 billion in the tourism industry.
  • Turkey exceeded the world average in recent years, growth in tourism, the industry’s direct contribution to closing the current account deficit amounted to 36% in 2017.
  • As of the end of 2017, 12 856 accommodation facilities were registered in the country. While 9,186 of these properties have licenses issued by the respective municipalities, the remaining 3,670 properties have certificates of tourism activity. The total capacity of these facilities is more than 1,482,492.
  • Turkey will provide 74,130 beds needed to continue the construction of Project 281.
  • In the field of religious tourism, Turkey is one of the few countries where holy places belong to various major religions. Of the 316 sacred works, 167 relate to Islam, 129 to Christianity, and 20 to the Jewish religion.
  • Based on the number of foreign tourists, Antalya is the most preferred city in Turkey. In the center of Antalya and nearby cities such as Kemer, Belek and Kas, there are more than 500 4-star and 5-star hotels, which are visited by 25% of foreign tourists visiting the country in 2017.
  • The number of hotel chains and groups in Turkey has doubled since 2001 and reached 165 today. In Turkey, there are 824,165 chain hotels. 82% of chain hotels and group hotels are domestic, 15% are foreign and 3% are domestic and foreign partners.
  • 7,200 km of the Turkish coastline with 454 blue flag beaches, with 579 blue flag beaches, number 2, is located between the then 38 countries of Spain. Turkey also has a blue flag marina.
  • Turkey is one of the first seven countries of the world in terms of geothermal tourism potential, ranks first in 1,500 capella in Europe. The total number of beds in various spa centers has reached 55.1440.
  • The Belek Region, Turkey stands out as the most important golf center. Belek is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world with 15 golf courses, 50,000 places and 2 million tourists. In 2008, the International Association of Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO) recognized Belek as the best golf destination in Europe.
  • Istanbul took 6th place in the list of 10 most visited cities in the world, prepared by Forbes Travel based on tourism data for 2017.
  • As of 2023, the tourism sector plans to visit 50 million tourists and receive 50 billion US dollars per year.
  • Although the Turkish government offers incentives such as low service fees and low tax rates, it also has policies aimed at removing any bureaucratic obstacles that could slow the growth of the tourism sector.


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