Turkey's foreign visitors rise sharply in June

The number of foreign visitors to Turkey rose 17.1 percent year-on-year in June, official data showed on Tuesday, pointing to a continued strong performance by the vital tourism sector.

Turkey's foreign visitors rise sharply in June
The number of foreign visitors to Turkey rose 17.1 percent year-on-year in June, official data showed on Tuesday, pointing to a continued strong performance by the vital tourism sector.

The sector, an important source of foreign currency for Turkey, has rebounded strongly this year after being hit in 2006 by concerns about a bird flu outbreak, bomb attacks and regional instability.

The Turkish Statistics Institute said the number of foreign visitors in June had risen to 2.774 million from 2.369 million in the same period a year earlier. In May there was a 19.2 percent annual increase in foreign visitor numbers.

The largest number of foreign visitors came from Germany, followed by Russia, Britain, Iran, Bulgaria and Holland.

In the first half of the year, the number of foreigners entering Turkey jumped 16.6 percent from a year earlier to 9.184 million.

The number of foreign visitors gives an indication of key foreign currency revenues from the tourism sector, data for which are released quarterly with the next set due on July 27.

With the tourism season in full swing, the management of flag carrier Turkish Airlines and the union representing its employees were scheduled to meet on Tuesday in a bid to reach wage deal and avert a threatened strike.

Reuters

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