World Bulletin/News Desk
The number of foreign visitors to Turkey has increased 10.67 per cent in the January-August term when compared to the same period last year, and reached over 24 million, Turkish Minister of Culture and Tourism Omer Celik has said.
Countries which sent the most number of visitors to Turkey include Germany with 3.3 million people, followed by Russia with 3.1 million, the minister said in a statement on Monday.
The total amount is 12.9 million from European countries with a remarkable increase in Sweden, Finland, and Norway.
Seventy-nine per cent of the total number of visitors are from Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), said the Turkish minister.
Celik said tourism helped promote Turkey as well as contributing to the economy of the country and playing a key role in cultural and humanitarian diplomacy.
There is an increase of 13.2 per cent in the number of tourists arriving in Turkey's Istanbul, followed by the southern province of Antalya with 7.4 per cent increase, and Aegean province of Mugla with 0.8 percent increase in the first eight months of 2013.Last Mod: 23 Eylül 2013, 17:38