Turkey 'to welcome more tourists this year'
26 January 2009 10:32
Turkey is expected to attract in excess of 23 million tourists during 2008, according to officials from the country.
This would bring $19.5 billion (£9.86 billion) in tourism revenue into the country and solidify its position as one of the top 20 places to visit in the world.
Figures from the Turkish State Planning Organisation show that 18.5 million tourists visited Turkey during 2007.
Officials hope that the country can catch up with the major European tourism locations of Spain, Italy and France.
Around 41 million people visit Italy each year, while 58.5 million visit Spain and 79.1 million take a holiday in France.
Turkey is currently rated at number 11 in the world for welcoming the most tourists per year, and ninth for the size of its revenues from tourism.
This announcement follows reports that a record number of German tourists would choose Turkey as a holiday destination in 2008.
Travel operator All Tours has experienced a 25 per cent rise in bookings during February, and expects Turkey to potentially overtake Spain as the destination of choice for Germans.