According to statistics released by the Turkey Tourism Department, more than 35 million foreign tourists visited Turkey this year. According to separate data released on Oct. 27, foreign tourist arrivals increased by 98 percent from January to September compared to the same period last year, while tourism revenues increased by 27 percent in the third quarter.
Turkey received 40.25 million visitors in the first nine months of the year, including Turkish citizens living abroad.
Germans were the most numerous foreign tourists during this time period. From January to September of last year, the number of German tourists visiting Turkey Tourism increased from 2.3 million to 4.53 million.
Russians came in second place. In the first nine months, 3.9 million Russian nationals visited the country, up from 3.46 million the previous year.
The number of British tourists grew from 137,000 in 2017 to 2.82 million in January-September 2022. Bulgarians came in fourth and fifth, with 2.06 million and 1.84 million people, respectively.
Total foreign tourist arrivals increased by 55.8 percent from the same month last year to 5.5 million in September, losing some steam from August, when foreign tourist visits increased by 58 percent year on year to 6.3 million. Russians topped the list of foreign visitors last month with 860,000, down from 996,000 in September 2021. Germans and Britons came in second and third place, with 677,000 and 457,000 people, respectively.