Istanbul quickly “healed the wounds” inflicted by the pandemic and set a record for tourist flow, showing an almost two-fold increase compared to last year. The number of foreign tourists at the same time increased by 66.15%. And the first place was taken by Russia. At the same time, we note that we are talking about the summer months, when there was no talk of the next waves of “departants”. However, against the backdrop of sanctions, Istanbul managed to become the “main city” for Russian tourists.
As the Turkish media were told in the Istanbul Culture and Tourism Department, the number of tourists in Istanbul amounted to 10.1 million people. For comparison, in the first 8 months of 2021, this number was only 4.8 million, and in 2020 – 3.1 million.
Also, a 66.15% increase in the number of foreign tourists was recorded in the Turkish “cultural capital”. In August alone, the number of foreigners entering the country was 1.6 million. The growth compared to 2021 amounted to 66.15%.
At the same time, Russia was in first place in terms of the number of tourists. The top three also included Germany and Iran, the top five – Saudi Arabia and the United States. Interestingly, in 2021, Germany and Iran were in first place, Russia was in third place.
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