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Record Tourism: Istanbul Welcomes Over 5 Million Foreign Visitors

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  • As one of the world’s most popular destinations, Istanbul welcomed a staggering total of 5,244,936 foreign tourists during the first four months of 2024.
  • Accommodation statistics for March reveal that Ministry-certified facilities welcomed a total of 1,004,536 arrivals, with a cumulative stay of 2,219,479 nights, averaging at 2.

Istanbul has once again set new tourism records! As one of the world’s most popular destinations, Istanbul welcomed a staggering total of 5,244,936 foreign tourists during the first four months of 2024.

According to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, this figure marks a significant 9.94% increase compared to the same period last year.

In April alone, Istanbul played host to 1,478,218 foreign visitors, reflecting a notable 14.60% rise from April of the previous year, solidifying its position as a key driver of Turkish tourism.

Among April’s visitors, notable numbers hailed from Russia, Germany, Iran, and the United States, with France, the United Kingdom, and Saudi Arabia also contributing significant tourist numbers.

Istanbul Airport emerged as the primary gateway for international arrivals, receiving 72.86% of all foreign visitors to the city by air in April, while Sabiha Gökçen Airport followed closely behind, accounting for 27.06% of arrivals.

Furthermore, 19,135 tourists arrived in Istanbul by sea during the same period.

Accommodation statistics for March reveal that Ministry-certified facilities welcomed a total of 1,004,536 arrivals, with a cumulative stay of 2,219,479 nights, averaging at 2.21 days per visitor. The occupancy rate of these facilities in Istanbul during March stood at 45.85%.

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