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Turkey has seen the number of foreign tourists rebound strongly in June

Turkey has seen the number of foreign tourists rebound strongly in June

Turkey has seen the number of foreign visitors rebound strongly in June from a year ago, while income from tourism has also surged, official data showed Friday, as pandemic-induced travel restrictions eased.

More than 2 million tourists arrived last month, up by a whopping 853.4% year-on-year from just 214,768 in the same month a year ago, according to Culture and Tourism Ministry data.

The figure more than doubled the May figure, when some 936,282 foreigners came in, but arrivals still remain well below the pre-pandemic era. The June figure was a fraction of the 5.32 million who came in 2019 before the pandemic hit.

Ukrainians topped the list among nations in June with 349,196, followed by Germany with 236,307, Russia with 175,362 and Iran and Bulgaria with around 114,730.

Arrivals surged 27.07% year-on-year in the first half of the year as nearly 5.8 million foreign nationals visited the country, the data showed.

Nearly 18.1 million arrived from January through June of 2019, before the pandemic-related curbs slashed the figure to 4.51 million in 2020.