Turkey Among World Leaders in Tourism Revenue


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In a report published by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, Turkey has become one of the top ten countries in terms of tourism revenue in 2022.

In the previous year, it ranked seventh in this rating, earning over 41 billion dollars. This is a significant increase compared to 2019 when the revenue was 26.6 billion dollars.

Furthermore, Turkey was one of the top ten most popular tourist destinations in the world last year. It attracted 50 million visitors and climbed from sixth place in 2019 to fifth place in 2020.

The United States led in tourism revenue in 2022 with 135 billion dollars, followed by Spain with 73 billion and the United Kingdom with 68 billion. The UAE and France earned 61 and 60 billion dollars, respectively. Italy secured the sixth spot with tourism revenue of 44 billion dollars.

France became the most popular destination, attracting 79 million travelers, while Spain came in second with 72 million visitors.

Turkey, Istanbul
Istanbul the capital of Turkey

In the first eight months of 2023, Turkey welcomed 33.4 million foreign tourists, which is 14 percent more than the previous year. Turkey also plans to attract 60 million tourists and earn 56 billion dollars from tourism this year.

Overall, according to the UN report, tourist trips decreased by 34 percent in 2022 compared to 2019, totaling 963 million people. Tourism revenue dropped by 34 percent to 1.3 trillion dollars.

In 2021, revenues amounted to 0.8 trillion dollars, with the number of international tourists reaching 456 million. The increase in 2022 was due to increased demand and the lifting of travel restrictions in many countries.

The total losses from international tourism are estimated at 2.6 trillion dollars for the years 2020, 2021, and 2022. Tourism revenue (excluding passenger transportation) also declined from 1.5 trillion dollars in 2019 to 0.6 trillion dollars in 2020, representing a 63 percent decrease.

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