Initial indicators, such as early reservations, suggest that Turkey’s target set for 2022 of generating $35 billion in tourism revenues is attainable, Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy has said.
Data in the first 40 days of this year, particularly for Istanbul and Antalya, show arrivals are close to their 2019 levels when the country’s tourism revenues reached an all-time-high, Ersoy said in a speech he delivered at the 25th East Mediterranean International Tourism and Travel Exhibition (EMITT).
“Early reservations increased compared with last year. All those indicate our target of generating $35 billion in revenues is well within reach,” the minister said.
Tourism activity rebounded strongly in 2021 following a difficult and challenging year for the industry, and thanks to efforts coordinated by the Tourism Promotion and Development Agency (TGA) abroad and the Safe Tourism Certificate program, targets set for last year were overshot, Ersoy added.
“Last year, the number of foreign tourists increased by 88 percent from 2020 to more than 30 million people, while tourism revenues leaped 103 percent to stand at $24.5 billion.”
In 2019, Turkey welcomed a record number of 45 million tourists and in 2020, 12.7 million international holidaymakers visited the country.