Tourism income jumps 22% to $14b in Q3 in Turkey
ISTANBUL: Turkey’s tourism income jumped by nearly a quarter this July-September to $14.03 billion, the country’s statistical authority said on Thursday. The country’s tourism revenue soared 22% in the third quarter, up from $11.5 billion in the same period last year, TurkStat announced.
“While 82.1% of this income (excluding GSM roaming and marina service expenditures) was obtained from foreign visitors, 17.9% was obtained from citizens residing abroad,” it said. Individual expenditures constituted nearly $9.9 billion of the total tourism income in the three-month period, while some $4.1 billion of the revenues came from package tour expenditures, official figures showed.
The country welcomed some 21.6 million visitors in the same period, a 15% rise on a yearly basis 85.3% foreign tourists and 14.7% Turkish citizens living abroad. TurkStat said visitors’ average expenditures were $649 per capita, as foreign visitors spent $623 per capita and Turkish citizens spent $789. Food and beverage took the lion share from visitors’ expenses over the same period with around $2.66 billion foreigners spent almost $1.95 billion and Turkish visitors has a share of $713 million.
International transportation, clothes, accommodation, and domestic transportation followed the food and beverage item with $1.83 billion, $1.45 billion, $1.39 billion, and $1.07 billion, respectively. The primary visiting purpose of foreigners was travel, entertainment, sports, and culture with 59% as their top accommodation choice was hotels/ motels/pensions with 84.5 million overnights. The primary travel reason for Turkish visitors living abroad was visiting relatives and friends with almost 44.5%, while they mostly preferred private houses during their trips in Turkey, around 21.7 million overnights.
The institute also said that Turkey’s tourism expenditure which is the expenditure of Turkish citizens resident in Turkey and visiting abroad saw a 1.8% annual increase to $1.23 billion in the July-September period. “In this quarter number of Turkish citizens visiting abroad increased by 30.2% compared to the same quarter of previous year,” TurkStat said. Around 2.95 million Turkish citizens traveled abroad and spent $417 per capita on average from July to September.
Meanwhile, in the first nine months of 2019, Turkey’s tourism income totaled over $26.6 billion, up by 16.15% from $22.9 billion in the same period last year. Foreigners’ expenses constituted $22.2 billion of the total amount while Turkish visitors living abroad spent around $4.4 billion in the January-September period. While the average expenditure of foreigners was $657, Turkish people spent averagely $463 in the same period. Turkey’s tourism expenditure also reached $3.37 billion over the same period, according to the official data. (AA)