Turkey has welcomed just over 5.1 million overseas visitors in the first 3 months of the year, Culture and Tourism Minister Numan Kurtulmuş announced yesterday (Friday) – he highlighted the fact that this was an all-time high and an increase of around 36% compared to the same period in 2017.
The Minister also announced the launch of the The Tourism Advisory Board, comprised of Turkish Airlines and 8 leading non-government organisations, whose role would be to develop projects designed to increase both the number of visitors and the revenue generated from these.
He went on to say ‘’ tourism will be one of the world’s fastest growing economic sectors in the next 10 years – the Tourism Advisory Board will give us fresh perspective’’
With the country’s tourism industry demonstrating an on-going upward trend, Kurtulmuş said that increased revenues would have a significant positive impact on the current account deficit of $47.1 billion. ”If we consider that we are expecting to see visitor revenues of $32 billion for this year, then the tourism sector alone could close this deficit sometime in 2019”.