Antalya – the tourism capital of Turkey – has hosted around 12.5 million foreign visitors, an all-time high, in the first 10 months of the year. It is expected that this figure will climb to around 14 million by year end.
The city, which had previously recorded double digit growth in foreign visitor numbers every year since the mid 2000’s, experienced a major setback (along with Turkish tourism as a whole) in both 2015 and 2016 as a result of a number of social and geo-political setbacks.
According to Antalya and Alanya-Gazipaşa airports data, the number of foreign visitors in the same 10 month period last year was 9.5 million – these latest figures show a year on year increase of 28%. For the month of October alone, passenger arrivals at Antalya were up 40% compared to the same month last year.
The top 3 arriving nationalities were Russians, followed by Germans and then Ukranians. There was also significantly increased numbers of visitors from north and western European countries, particularly the Netherlands, Belgium, Norway and Sweden.