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22:41, 15 July 2018 Sunday
Update: 16:47, 10 February 2014 Monday

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Middle East tourists in Turkey on rise
Middle East tourists in Turkey on rise

Tourists from Middle East and north Africa steadily increase every year.

World Bulletin / News Desk

Around half a million more tourists from the middle east and north Africa visited Turkey in 2013, a nine percent increase in 2012 figures, according to Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism.

The increased interest from these countries is attributed to the Turkish soap operas, shopping potential and better presentation of tourism by tour operators.

"They want to see the beautiful places they saw in soap operas. Ministry of Culture and Tourism should give weight to promotions in soap operas” the head of Tour Operators Cem Polatoglu said.

"The number of people purchasing residences within Turkey is increasing. Turkish estate agents are opening offices in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Dubai,” says Polatoglu.

COUNTRY YEARS EXCHANGE RATIO (%)
2011 2012 2013* 2012 vs 2011 2013 vs 2012
ALGERIA 84,844 104,489 118,189 23,15 13,11
MOROCCO 68,645 77,884 82,579 13,46 6,03
LIBYA 53,562 213,89 264,266 299,33 23,55
EGYPT 79,665 112,025 107,437 40,62 -4,1
TUNISIA 63,176 86,595 91,683 37,07 5,88
UAE 35,579 48,071 52,424 35,11 9,06
BAHRAIN 9,712 13,342 16,23 37,38 21,65
QATAR 7,661 13,971 18,63 82,37 33,35
KUWAIT 41,617 65,167 88,238 56,59 35,4
IRAN 1.879.304 1.186.343 1.196.801 -36,87 0,88
IRAQ 369,033 533,149 730,639 44,47 37,04
LEBANON 137,11 144,491 143,629 5,38 -0,6
JORDAN 94,914 102,154 102,871 7,63 0,7
SAUDI ARABIA 116,711 175,467 234,22 50,34 33,48
YEMEN 8,066 11,826 17,354 46,62 46,74
TOTAL  3.049.599 2.888.864 3.265.190    
 


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