ANKARA: Despite coronavirus pandemic restrictions on mobility across the world, Turkey has generated $24.5 billion in tourism revenue last year, according to official figures released on Monday.
A total of 29.4 million visitors visited Turkey last year, an increase of 85.5% compared to 2020, but down from 51.9 million in 2019.
The data showed that Russia is topped the list among countries as nearly 4.7 million of its nationals visited Turkey from January through December in 2021. Followed by Germany 12.5% or 3.1 million and Ukraine 8.3% or 2.1 million.
Istanbul was the top tourist destination in the country with over 9 million arrivals, accounting for 36.5% of all foreign visitors in 2021. Antalya followed with 8.7 million foreign visitors last year. The third top destination was the north-western province of Edirne, which borders both Bulgaria and Greece, welcoming some 2.6 million foreigners. Tourism Ministry data showed foreign arrivals jumped 94% to 24.7 million last year with earned the revenue doubled to almost $25 billion.