Tourism in Turkey

Tourism in Turkey

Turkey recorded a total of 52 m tourists in 2019, ranking 11th in the world in absolute terms.

The fact that larger countries regularly perform better in a comparison of the absolute number of guests is obvious. By putting the tourist numbers in relation to the population of Turkey, the result is much more comparable picture: With 0.62 tourists per resident, Turkey ranked 92nd in the world. In Western Asia, it ranked 9th.

Turkey generated around 42.35 bn US Dollar in the tourism sector alone. This corresponds to 5.6 percent of its the gross domestic product and approximately 26 percent of all international tourism receipts in Western Asia.

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Most popular destinations in Turkey

No less than 3 cities in Turkey are among the top 100 most popular destinations worldwide. In 2019 Istanbul reached the 9th place with 14.72 m tourists. According to Euromonitor, all foreign tourists with at least one overnight stay were counted.


Tourism in TurkeyOn average, each of the tourists arriving in 2019 spent about 717 US Dollars. Conversely, the inhabitants of Turkey spend only around 445 dollars a year when they themselves spend vacations abroad.

Development of the tourism sector in Turkey from 1995 to 2019

The following chart shows the number of tourist arrivals registered in Turkey each year. Anyone who spends at least one night in the country but does not live there for more than 12 months is considered a tourist. Insofar as the survey included the purpose of the trip, business trips and other non-tourism travel purposes have already been excluded. The number of people passing through within the same day, and e.g. crew members of ships or flights are also not considered as tourists in most countries. If the same person travels in and out more than once within the same year, each visit counts again.

Data in the chart are given in millions of tourists. The red line represents the average of all 18 countries in Western Asia.

Tourists per year in Turkey

Revenues in tourism

In 1995, tourism revenues amounted to 4.96 bn USD, or about 2.9 percent of the gross national product. This corresponded to about 7.73 m tourists at that time and roughly 642 USD per person. Within 24 years, the country's dependence on tourism has increased noticeably. In the last year of the survey, the revenue now amounts to 42.35 bn USD, accounting for 5.6 percent of the gross national product. Each visitor now spends an average of 818 USD for his holiday in Turkey.

Tourism receipts in Turkey per year

All data for Turkey in detail

YearNumberof touristsReceipts% of GNPIncome per tourist
201951.75 m42.35 bn $5.6 %818 $
201846.11 m36.75 bn $4.7 %797 $
201737.97 m31.99 bn $3.7 %843 $
201630.91 m26.51 bn $3.0 %858 $
201541.11 m35.65 bn $4.1 %867 $
201441.63 m40.03 bn $4.3 %962 $
201339.86 m37.98 bn $4.0 %953 $
201237.72 m31.57 bn $3.6 %837 $
201136.77 m30.30 bn $3.6 %824 $
201033.00 m26.32 bn $3.4 %798 $
200931.76 m26.33 bn $4.1 %829 $
200831.14 m26.45 bn $3.5 %849 $
200727.22 m21.66 bn $3.2 %796 $
200619.82 m19.14 bn $3.5 %966 $
200521.13 m20.76 bn $4.1 %983 $
200417.52 m15.89 bn $3.9 %907 $
200314.03 m13.20 bn $4.2 %941 $
200213.26 m11.90 bn $5.0 %898 $
200111.62 m10.07 bn $5.0 %866 $
200010.43 m7.64 bn $2.8 %732 $
19997.49 m5.20 bn $2.0 %695 $
19989.75 m7.18 bn $2.6 %736 $
19979.69 m7.00 bn $3.7 %723 $
19968.61 m5.65 bn $3.1 %656 $
19957.73 m4.96 bn $2.9 %642 $

All data correspond to the information of the World Tourism Organization.

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