The latest data released by the Turkish Consulate General Cultural and Information Office in Dubai, on the visitor statistics GCC countries to Turkey, showed Emirati travelers from the UAE to Turkey increased by almost 29% in 2017 as compared to 2016 figures.
In 2016, 38,315 Emirati travelers from the UAE landed in one of Turkey’s many international airports. In 2017, this number increased to 49,360 visitors.
“Turkey’s appeal to GCC travelers continues to grow year after year. Most of these travelers come to Turkey as tourists, medical tourists or business guests looking to invest in the country’s many lucrative economic opportunities,” said Salih Ozer, Attaché of Culture and Information, Turkey to the UAE.
This rise in visitor travel has also lead to an increase in tourism based revenues, which grew to US$26,283,656, an increase of 18.9%, as compared to 2016.
Kuwait and Bahrain visitors
Ozer noted that in real numbers, Kuwaiti visitors continue to increase with 179,938 travelers landing on Turkey in 2016.
This number grew to 255,644 travelers in 2017, or an annual growth rate of 42%.
Bahraini travelers to Turkey also saw growth, rising from 41,505 visitors in 2016 to 59,442 in 2017, or a 43.43% growth.
Reasons behind rise In tourism
Turkey’s investment in diversifying its tourism sector to cater for medical and business tourists, with substantial growth and investment in the country’s MICE sector, has paid off.
In 2017, Turkey received a total of 32.4 million visitors from around the world, as compared to 2016 where the country was visited by 25.3 million, a 27.84% increase.
Turkish Airlines started off 2018 with a special offer for their customers in the UAE that was valid until Feb 15, 2018, but which was an eye opener for travel to Turkey.
Passengers could enjoy a discount of up to 60% on flights to major cities across Europe, The United States and Canada.
Turkish Airlines completed 2017 with a great success having the number of passengers compared to 2016 increasing by 9.3% with the flag carrier carrying 68.6 million passengers.