Turkey attracts more tourists despite regional, local crises
The number of foreign tourists visiting Turkey increased by 10 percent in 2013 compared to the previous year, despite the high tensions in neighboring Syria and Iraq and the political turmoil.
The Culture and Tourism Ministry said 34.9 million foreign tourists visited Turkey last year, while the number was 31.7 million in 2012.
“We are one of the top countries in the world with potential for tourism,” Culture and Tourism Minister Ömer Çelik said, adding Turkey’s tourism is on the rise, despite the regional and local crises.
The numbers include Turks living in Europe who spend their holidays in Turkey. More than 4.5 million Turks residing abroad visited Turley in 2013.