Emirati tourists on the rise in Turkey

Emirati tourists on the rise in Turkey
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Published: 10 July 2019 - 1:15 p.m.
By: Priyanka Praveen
Turkey has witnessed a rise in the number of UAE nationals visiting the country, according to data released by the Turkish Cultural and Tourism Office in Dubai

According to figures, 13,296 Emiratis visited multiple destinations across Turkey within the first four months of 2019.

A total of 4,466 UAE nationals travelled to Turkey during the month of April, representing a 34.27% increase when compared April last year.

Contributing to the growth were the non-stop flights that were launched from Sharjah International Airport to Turkish cities. Currently, a total of 110 flights depart from the UAE’s airports to several destinations across Turkey each week.

“We are delighted to see Turkey climb to one of the most popular tourist destinations for Emiratis as well as other Gulf nationals. Visitors from neighbouring nations have always played a significant role in driving economic growth within Turkey by boosting its tourism sector,” said Salih Ozer, attaché of culture and information, Turkey to the UAE.

Over 8,735,200 tourists from around the world flew into Turkey in April, representing a 24% increase in comparison to April last year. The largest influx of tourists into Turkey in the first four months of 2019 has been from Germany at just over 803,480 visitors, followed by Bulgaria and Russia.

However, the country witnessed a decrease in the number of Saudi tourists.

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