Turkey’s tourism incomes go up to 21 billion dollars

Turkey’s tourism incomes go up to 21 billion dollars
# 30 December 2008 13:01 (UTC +04:00)
Ankara–APA. More than 26 millions tourists arrived in Turkey this year and the country’s tourism incomes rose to 21 billion dollars, APA reports quoting the Turkish news agencies. Official of the Turkey’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism Ismet Yilmaz announced that a number of tourists increased by 13% in compare with 2007 and the world rate of growth in this field was 2%. “Last year we received 23.5 million tourists and got 18.5 billions dollars of incomes. This year the number of tourists exceeded 26 million, including December statistics”.

Yilmaz said most attractive countries for tourism were France (80 mln p/y), Spain (60 mln), USA (56 mln), Italy (43 mln) and Britain (30 mln) and Turkey was sixth among those countries. “Looking at the continental statistics we can see that Europe got 433 billions dollars, Asia-Pacific Region - 188 billion, America – 171 billions, Africa – 28 billion dollars of incomes. We welcomed the traveler #9 000 000 in Antalya this year. Antalya left Egypt with its famous pyramids behind for the number of tourists”.

Yilmaz said that Turkey did not use its tourism potential fully yet.
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