Turkey’s tourism receipts are expected to top $35 billion this year

Published on: Thursday April 28, 2022

Turkey’s tourism receipts are expected to surpass the $35 billion target this year, the country’s Treasury and Finance Minister Nureddin Nebati has said.

Hotel occupancy in Turkey is around 68% this month and is expected to reach 92% in May, Nebati said.

Nebati said Russian tourists, who cannot use VISA and MasterCard abroad, can use Russia’s own Mir cards in Turkey and will not encounter any payment problems.

Fifteen establishments in Turkey have accepted Mir cards, and banks are extending the network.

Turkey’s tourism receipts rose 103% to $24.5 billion, and foreign tourist arrivals jumped 94% to 24.7 million people last year.

Nearly 4.7 million Russians visited Turkey last year, accounting for 19% of all foreign tourist visits. In the first two months of this year, Turkey welcomed 246,000 Russian travelers, compared to 176,000 people compared to the same period of 2021.

About 2.1 million Ukrainian tourists vacationed in Turkey last year, accounting for 8% of all foreign tourist arrivals. However, this year around 79,000 people came from Ukraine in January-February compared to 58,000 a year earlier.

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