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Over 10 million tourists visit Istanbul in 8 months

Over 10 million tourists visit Istanbul in 8 months

Nearly 1.7 million foreign tourists visited Istanbul in August 2022.

In the first eight months, the number of visitors to the Turkish metropolis from abroad reached 10.18 million.

Istanbul Governor Ali Yerlikaya shared the arrivals data on his Twitter page on Saturday.

The largest number of tourists arrived in Istanbul from Russia, Germany, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and the United States.

Istanbul was the most popular tourist destination in 2022 so far in Türkiye.

It was followed by the Mediterranean resort town of Antalya with 8.6 million visitors, while Edirne, a city in Türkiye northwest bordering Bulgaria and Greece, welcomed 3.1 million tourists.

Tourism revenues are vital to Türkiye’s economy as the government’s economic program focuses on flipping the chronic current account deficits to a surplus, prioritizing exports, production and investments, and aiming to lower the increase in consumer prices.

The government raised its year-end targets in July to 47 million tourists and $37 billion (TL 680.7 billion) in revenues, up from its earlier targets of 45 million arrivals and $35 billion in income.